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Sensory Processing Disorder

Treatment

When the parents suspect there is an underlying cause for their child's behavior, they should have the child evaluated. Once they are diagnosed, they will be treated through occupational therapy, which is based on the child's unique experiences.

"The traditional SPD treatment involves movement," Achenbach says. Occupational therapists work case by case to figure out the underlying problem, and they come up with a treatment program geared to get that child's sensory nerves working properly. The children work on equipment for swinging and spinning. Nancy Hemenway's daughter bounces while her parents and therapist sing to her. Therapy helps the children learn to move through the space they live in.

The sooner the child can get into treatment, the better, but no matter what age the child is diagnosed, occupational therapy can help the child fit into their environment.

More Info

The following sources can provide more information on SPD:


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Last Updated: 29 July 2014
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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