Parenting in the Rain, Episode 23

Practical Understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder

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In This Episode:  

  • Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice, lives in New York City.
  • She describes an Occupational Therapist as a person that works with people in many areas to optimize the function of daily life skills.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder results from differences in how a person’s nervous system is wired, resulting in the person experiencing the world in a different way. They may demonstrate out of proportion reactions to everyday sensory experiences.
  • Sensory challenges are often seen in people with the following: Autism Spectrum Disorder, children adopted from overseas orphanages, premature babies (especially the youngest and the smallest), Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, exposure to drugs and alcohol, mood disorders and many others. Sensory issues can also appear in otherwise typically developing kids, teens, and adults.
  • Connect the dots between behaviors and the underlying sensory issues.
  • Lindsey uses the phrase “Sensory Smarts” to describe tools and strategies to help people overcome sensory challenges.
  • When working one on one with a person, Lindsey always starts with an assessment.
  • For many people, getting a lot of deep pressure can provide the sensory input that can help them feel where their  body is on the planet.
  • Parents and therapists try to determine “how much do I push them to build tolerance and how much do I protect?”.   It’s best to do both.
  • Sometimes sounds such as the vacuum cleaner, hairdryer, cafeteria can be overwhelming to people with auditory challenges.
  • Ultimately, parents are the expert on their children.
  • Parents and teachers are an important part of empowering kids to overcome some of their sensory issues.
  • Lindsey talks about a “Sensory Diet” as a carefully and personally designed activity plan to help people feel good on a physical level and have their sensory needs met.  It helps attain balance of “not too wired, not too tired”.
  • The deep pressure work can be very helpful “organizing” kids.
  • Toe walking” can be a neurological “soft sign” or, more often, a result of impaired body awareness and hypersensitivity on the feet
  • Lindsey provides some practical strategies to help with changing the environment – light, sound, and feelings of postural safety, oral stimulation, visuals and more…
  • School based Occupational Therapists are limited to educational related support.   Occupational therapists working outside the schools in agencies, private practice, and homes can provide a wide array of services.
  • There are online resources for parents that can be really helpful to find support.  Links to Lindsey’s Facebook communities and her website are below.

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Resources

https://sensoryprocessingchallenges.com

https://www.sensorysmarts.com/

http://www.comfykid.com/Pipsqueaks.htm

http://www.smartknitkids.com/

Lindsey Describes Sensory Processing Disorder in a Video

Article on Supporting Sensory Processing Issues written by Lindsey Biel

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised Edition
Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens

https://www.facebook.com/Raising-a-Sensory-Smart-Child-103533493306/

https://www.facebook.com/sensoryprocessingchallenges

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