Some children can overreact when exposed to too much environmental stimuli. This disorder involving the senses is called sensory integration disorder. If your child has difficulty in high stimulation situations and has a high level of anxiety or stress he may be suffering from this disorder. Sensory integration disorder can effect your child‘s learning development and behavior. It also causes difficulties with processing information from the five classic senses, the sense of movement , and/or the positional sense (proprioception).
According to Wikipedia, “Sensory integration is the ability to take in information through the senses of touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing, and to combine the resulting perceptions with prior information, memories, and knowledge already stored in the brain, in order to derive coherent meaning from processing the stimuli.
The mid-brain and brain stem regions of the central nervous system are early centers in the processing pathway for sensory integration. These brain regions are involved in processes including coordination, attention, arousal, and autonomic function. After sensory information passes through these centers, it is then routed to brain regions responsible for emotions, memory, and higher level cognitive functions.”
This condition is usually diagnosed by an occupational therapist. There is no known cure but many treatments are available. One common sensitivity is to the sense of touch. If your child shows signs of sensitivity to his sense of touch here are some things you can do to make life a little easier for both of you.
1. Choose the fabric for your child’s clothing carefully.
Children with SID will find fabrics like wool too scratchy and irritating. Purchase 100% cotton fabrics instead.
2. Be careful when choosing the style of your child’s clothing.
Remove any irritating tags on the collar and look for loose fitting clothes.
3. Choose grooming products wisely.
Don’t purchase soaps or shampoos with extra additives or dyes. These may be irritating and harsh to your child.
Don’t worry this disorder is more common than you might think. It’s okay. With the right treatment and attention your child will be able to manage herself with this disorder and life can be more peaceful at home.
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