Sensory Processing Disorder:

Sensory Modulation Disorder:

A basic problem in regulating responses or registering sensation.  Problems are often seen in flucuating emotions that are made worse with stress and vary with the situation.  These are sometime confused with attention and focus

    Sensory Over Responsiveness
  • Easily distracted by noises
  • Overly sensitive to sounds
  • Dislikes nail/hair cutting
  • Dislikes clothing of certain textures/fits/or styles
  • Upset about seams in socks
  • Difficult time staying/falling asleep
  • Reacts defensively to tastes/textures of food
  • Easily distracted by visual stimuli
  • Afraid of swings or heights
  • Upset in noisy or large environments
    Sensory Under Responsiveness  
  • Decreased pain perception
  • Does not know when hands or face are messy
  • Does not alert to name being called
  • Does not get dizzy
  • Hurts people accidentally when playing
  • Drools
    Sensory Seeking Behavior
  • Jumps a lot on bed
  • Walks on toes
  • Enjoys crashing or falling, falls on purpose
  • Craves movment such as rocking in chair or spinning around
  • In constant motion
  • Craves watcing moving objects such as fans, sifting objects through fingers, repeated portions of a DVD
  • Touches people and objects
  • Noise making 
Sensory Discrimination Disorder
A problem with recognizing or interpreting differences or similarities in qualities of information often affecting learning.  
  • Difficulty with the ability in processing subtle sounds of language interfers with activity such as following directions
  • Difficulty with processing sounds interfers with expressive language (you cannot speak what you do not hear)
  • Difficulty with touch discrimnation inside the mouth interfers with knowing how to articulate words well (try do an unvoiced "t" sound and unvoiced "d" sound and note how subltle the sense of touch must be to do this)
  • Difficulty with phonics/sounding out words, reading or spelling
  • Explores objects with mouth
  • Difficulty finding an object in the pocket or purse without vision
  • Difficulty wtth finding objects in a busy background
  • Does not know difference between right and left
  • Problems with reversing letters, numbers or words
  • Gets lost easily, lost in space
  • Bumps into objects
Sensory Based Motor Disorders
Movment disorders that intefere with coordination and execution of unfamilar actions resulting in awkward and poorly coordinated motor skills.  

    Postural-Ocular Disorder
  • Difficulty making eye contact/tracking with the eyes, e.g. reading
  • Difficulty with close work or headaches
  • Seems weaker then other children
  • Fatigues easily
  • Freqeuntly moves in/out of seat
  • Slumps when sitting
  • Falls or tumbles frequently (not on purpose)
  • Feels heavier than anticipated when lifted
  • Problems with daily life tasks like dressing or using eating utensils
  • Difficulty following multiple step directions
  • Strong desire for sameness or routine
  • Poor handwriting
  • Dislikes or reluctant to participate in sports
  • Lacks a dominant hand or difficulty selecting a dominant hand
  • Difficulty with throwing or catching
  • Difficulty with intiating, planning and/or completing tasks