First of all, what is is Sensory Processing Disorder? It is a medical condition in which sensory signals are not interpreted normally by the nervous system when received. For example, in the case of those who have SPD related to the sense of touch, they misinterpret feelings and temperature. Things might hurt them because they are too hot or too sharp but they would not recognize the pain. It is important to recognize symptoms of such disorder as early as possible, and some of which are:
1- Children with SPD have poor balance. They mange to walk strait with difficulty, and they tend to bump into things in their path.
2- Do not become calm using the things that make most children calm like being with their parents and listening to their voices, or sucking on a pacifier.
3- They show slow reflexes. It will especially strike you as odd that the child does not feel hurt.
4- He/she feels really uncomfortable when being dressed.
5- He/she is more delayed than normal regarding regular activities, like standing, crawling, running, walking etc.
6- Children with SPD have problems in eating and sleeping. They do not fall asleep or stay asleep easily.
7- They are always highly active. They are constantly running and moving around or moving their arms or legs continuously.
8- He/she feels irritated when cuddled even if it is one of his parents. If someone holds a child with SPD, he/she tries to arch back as much as possible.
9- A child with SPD finds it difficult to change the center of his focus from one person or object to another.
10- He/she mostly neglects to play with toys, especially when they require some amount of dexterity.
Children with sensory processing disorder are treated with occupational therapy and treatment starts at age 4 to 6. Therefore, it is important to recognize its symptoms as soon as possible.