As toddler parents, we are used to irrational tantrums. Just the other day, my child threw himself on the floor screaming because his milk was in the wrong cup. You know, the one with the orange lid, not the yellow lid. And don’t get me started if I try to put the red shoes with the straps on instead of the blue shoes with the velcro. MELT. DOWN. CENTRAL.
It’s normal toddler behavior of testing boundaries, exercising independence, and self-discovery.
But some parents notice that their toddler takes it to a different level of preference. Your toddler screams when her face is splashed with water or vomits when she hears the vacuum running. He screams over his clothes and every meal, changing, bath, and car ride is a challenge.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively. -SPD Foundation
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