After writing the first part on sensory disorder, I reviewed my therapy notes and some books. I decided not to extend much in the subject because in the end each child is so different and anything I say is merely opinion since I am neither doctor nor therapist.
The most complicated and effective way to summarize sensory disorder is to note the differences our children have and to discern what are the things that interfere with their daily lives or their families.
Most children with sensory problems have motor difficulties and trunk control, however, many can go unnoticed until they reach school. They have trouble concentrating, picking up their pencils, sitting down and being peculiar with “normal” things. Also they are usually of selective ear and I greatly annoy loud noises, or they love annoying noises, others do not like that nothing touches them and others love to touch.
A large majority of these children suffer from other neurological disorders and not that they are exclusive of each other but that children who have already been diagnosed with autism for example, receive more medical attention.
There is no magic pill that undoes the sensory disorder, the only thing that can deal with this problem is occupational therapy. In the United States, most insurance companies approve occupational therapy once a week, however these children require daily and constant care so it is very important that we learn and ask in each session to put everything into practice during the week. The therapist will tell you which exercises to practice at home and how often (because too much of something is also bad). Exercises range from getting soiled with shaving cream from shovel to shovel, trimming, massaging, brushing the body, to breathing and yoga exercises.
At home, we have Velcro attached to several walls so when they need that touch, they just have to touch that. We changed a sofa by a trampoline, in the nights we brushed the body followed by corporal compressions. These are just some of the things that can be done.
Most children with sensory disorder achieve with the right help, coping with and managing these daily difficulties. Some in which the sensory problem is more severe, grow even with difficulties, although mostly subtle.
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