Sensory Processing Disorder: Part 3

Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed sensory integration disorder, a disorder that can affect communication by causing difficulty for the individual in processing different sensory stimuli in the environment. In our last blog, we discussed the challenges of children with hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli. Hyposensitive children require more stimulation that others to properly process sensory information. This week, we’ll talk about children on the opposite end of the spectrum: hypersensitive children.

An individual with hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli may become overstimulated by levels of sensory information that are easily integrated for most. Hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli may manifest itself in different ways. For example, a child may express a dislike for certain fabrics, or have an extreme aversion to tags left in his clothing. Hypersensitivity can also manifest as picky eating, discomfort with loud noises, light sensitivity, and many other atypical behaviors.

Sensory processing issues can often affect a child’s ability to communicate; as such, sensory issues may be addressed in speech-language therapy in conjunction with occupational therapy. A speech-language pathologist will often assist in helping a child develop a higher tolerance for more intense and more varied stimuli while targeting different communication goals. By helping a child better integrate sensory information, the speech therapist helps them to engage with others more effectively and be fully present in language and communication without distraction from sensory discomfort.

Do you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development? If you feel you may benefit from the services of a speech-language pathologist, give us a call! At Speech Associates of New York, our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists provide in-home evaluations and therapy. Each of our professionals is trained in the assessment and treatment of a range of pediatric and adult speech, language and communication disorders. Call us today at (212)308-7725 and find out how we can help you communicate your best!

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