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Modulate your child's sensory system the right way

Is your child overly sensitive to things in their vicinity? Do common sounds such as fire alarms, sirens, school bells, or fireworks give them a headache? Or even does the light touch of a shirt chafe their skin? Then you might want to visit Plexus with your child to get a consultation for Sensory Processing Disorder. To guide you in your visit, here is a detailed guide about this disorder.
Decoding Sensory Processing Disorder

Decoding Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in children that affects how their brain processes sensory information (stimuli), including things they see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. It can affect their senses, resulting in over-sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to stimuli.
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder may be extra sensitive to or not react to sensory input, depending on how they are affected. For example, some kids with sensory issues may dislike things that overstimulate their senses, such as loud environments, bright lights, or intense smells. While some children may seek out additional stimulation in settings that don’t stimulate their senses enough.

Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder

The symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder depend on how the affected child processes different sensations. While Some kids with hypersensitivity may be overly sensitive to sensory inputs like light, sound, and touch. They may be bothered by these sensations to the point that they cannot focus and often act out. Such kind of sensory hypersensitivity leads to multiple symptoms, such as:

Low pain threshold
Appearing clumsy
Fleeing without regard to safety
Covering eyes or ears frequently
Picky food preferences
Gagging when eating foods of certain textures
Resisting hugs or sudden touches
Difficulties in controlling their emotions
Problems with focusing attention
Inability to adapt to new responses
Behavior problems

Other children with hyposensitivity may have reduced sensitivity to sensory intput.
They crave less interaction with the world around them and engage more with their surroundings to get more sensory feedback. Sensory hyposensitivity may cause numerous symptoms such as:

High pain threshold
Bumping into walls
Touching things
Putting things into their mouth
Crashing into people or things
disregard personal space
Disregarding personal space
Rocking and swaying

Causes of Sensory Processing Disorder

It is not clear yet what exactly causes sensory issues in children. While some researchers believe that it may be connected to the way the sensory pathways in the brain process and organize information.
While it is also unclear if sensory issues can occur on their own or if they are caused by another disorder. Some doctors and healthcare professionals believe sensory processing issues are a symptom of another issue rather than a diagnosis in itself.

Treatments for Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Integration Therapy helps to treat Sensory Processing Disorder in children that may arise from symptoms of conditions such as Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety, and others. With dedicated Occupational Therapy as part of the treatment, it can help them interpret sensory input, understand its relevance, and respond — especially to external stimuli that are often beyond their control.

Occupational therapists can help build the mental and physical framework within the children’s nervous system. They can assist with perceiving sensory input, regulating responses, and understanding the significance behind a particular texture, movement, or sound.
The benefits of Sensory Integration Therapy include:
  • Modulation of sensory systems
  • Self-regulations
  • Improved function in school, home, and the community
  • Improved independence with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Maximized functional ability to perform daily and recreational activities
  • Enhanced motor planning ability
  • Active involvement and exploration of environments
  • Efficient organization of sensory information

Our treatment program at Plexus

We are one of the leading Sensory Processing Disorder treatment centers in the country. Under the guided supervision of Dr Na’eem Sadiq, our team of occupational therapists provides Sensory Integration Therapy to treat neurological conditions like Autism and Cerebral Palsy in children.

After a thorough evaluation, we determine how the therapy will benefit your child’s condition. Our therapists plan a sensory diet exclusively for your little ones and record their improvements on a weekly basis. 

We provide coping strategies for your child to overcome sensory processing issues by:
  • Anticipating action and outcome
  • Correctly interpreting sensory input
  • Creating physical equilibrium and a sense of space
  • Developing positive behavior patterns
  • Eliminating fear
  • Encouraging play and socialization
  • Lessening sensory defensiveness
  • Minimizing input intolerance
  • Reducing negative physical reactions

Anticipating action and outcome

Correctly interpreting sensory input

Creating physical equilibrium and a sense of space

Developing positive behavior patterns

Eliminating fear

Encouraging play and socialization

Lessening sensory defensiveness

Minimizing input intolerance

Reducing negative physical reactions

What our patients say

FAQs answered

People with Sensory Processing Disorder may be under-responsive or over-sensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming to them. Even a light touch of a shirt may irritate their skin.
The three primary sensory systems include:
  • Tactile System: Our ability to touch something and comprehend it
  • Vestibular System: Located in the inner ear and involved in eye-hand coordination and balance
  • Proprioceptive System: Involved in determining the position of the body in space
Smelling the favorite food before eating, closing the ears to noise, and enjoying the texture of a crunchy snack are all examples of sensory integration.
Some examples of sensory issues include intolerance towards crude touch, excessive fear of heights, and inability to tolerate loud music.
Yes, Sensory integration Therapy does really work on children suffering from Sensory Processing Disorder, which may be a symptom of conditions such as Autism, Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Anxiety.
An average 45-minute session in a sensory integration clinic would cost between INR 1500 and INR 3000.
Sensory integration interventions can be conducted at home under the guidance of trained occupational therapists.
Yes, Sensory Integration Therapy is absolutely evidence-based.
Sensory processing is the process by which the brain processes sensory input from multiple sensory modalities. While sensory integration is the form of treatment to treat Sensory Processing Disorder.
No, sensory integration disorder is not a disability.
Tactile defensiveness, toe-walking, gravitational insecurity, and auditory hypersensitivity are common sensory disorders.
Yes, a child can have Sensory Processing Disorder and not Autism.

Sensory issues in kids can be calmed by removing stressful stimuli from their surrounding environment and replacing those sensations with calming sensory stimuli.

If your child reacts abnormally to a so-called normal stimulus that is non-stressful to their age mates, then they need to be taken for an Occupational Therapy sensory assessment.
A learning disability is different from a Sensory Processing Disorder.

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