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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

The Hidden Disorder: Sensory Integration Disorder

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The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers is an Audiology practice that works with the Fagan Center for Communication to serve people of all ages with a variety of communication and hearing disorders.

For over 20 years the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers has been helping people improve the quality of their lives in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Our Audiologists have a reputation for always having the latest digital hearing aids on the market today. We provide excellent service to our patients by diagnosing your hearing problem with hearing testing so we are able to provide you with the best hearing solution. If a hearing aid is needed, we will evaluate your hearing loss and lifestyle so we can provide you with the best hearing technology to suit your needs.


Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorders in Children

Every time you touch, smell, hear, taste, or see something, that’s your sensory-processing system in action. Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way your nervous system collects messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate physical and behavioral responses. When a child has a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or a sensory integration disorder, their system is unable to properly process the sensations they experience, which can lead to daily challenges that will affect them for the rest of their life.


Children with SPD often have problems with motor skills and other abilities needed for success in school and childhood accomplishments. This often leads to social isolation, low self-esteem, and other social/emotional issues. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for sensory integration disorders is essential in helping ensure your child has a happy, healthy future.


Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms

Symptoms can generally be recognized when your little one is in their toddler years. Because of the nature of sensory disorders, parents will notice odd behaviors and severe mood swings. Sensory disorders are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood; teachers and outsiders may label your child as stubborn or disruptive when they are really just reacting to the overload of information from their outside world. Children often respond to the overwhelming amount of information with a fight-or-flight response (fleeing from the upsetting situation or throwing a tantrum).


When speaking to the Child Mind Institute, occupational therapist Dr. A. Jean Ayres described SPD as a neurological traffic jam, where certain parts that are jammed prevent the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret correctly.


These difficulties put children with the disorder at high risk for many emotional, social, and educational problems:


Finding it hard to make friends

Difficulty feeling part of a group

Poor self-concept

Academic difficulties/learning disabilities

Being labeled clumsy, stubborn, or disruptive

Difficulty with fine motor skills (coordination of small muscle movements)

Aversion to light and noise

A belief that their clothing is too tight

Depression, aggression, or other behavioral problems can occur because of the symptoms.


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