All parents are requested to read.

All parents are requested to read.

Every new parent and parent of a child with autism or ADHD or any other special needs child needs to know about this sensory processing.

All children with autism will have sensory processing sensitivity, but not all children with sensory processing disorder are autistic.

Many people think that sensory processing sensitivities are only available for children with special needs, but that is not entirely true. Children with special needs have very sensitive senses (taste, smell, touch, hearing, balancing, movement and vision). Very soon these senses get upset, causing them to have trouble processing these senses and then they can’t get things done the way you want them to, causing them to become restless, lethargic, cry because they can’t express themselves. , gets excited and hurts himself or others. In many cases, parents, teachers and special educators/teachers do not understand why or why a child or a child with special needs is having trouble and exactly what sense they are having trouble processing, and how to help the child that expands the child’s learning outcomes.

What is Sensory Processing?

Our senses are taste, smell, touch, hearing, balancing, movement and sight with these seven senses. When a child has the ability to perceive within himself or has a little less ability or the ability to process very quickly, the matter is the interception sense or inner perception. For example: actually sensing the pressure of the toilet or sensing the thirst for water. Sensory processing is how children take in information from their environment through these senses and the brain connects this information. Many times the information is going to the brain but it is hindered to do the right thing by processing and it does it quickly. There are many reasons for this inhibition or acceleration, one of which may be sensory seeking behaviour, or sensory avoiding behaviour and under-responsive behaviour.

You’ll notice that many babies avoid a few different things, such as: crying or throwing up after eating something muddy or chewy, reluctance to grasp certain objects, etc. There are many examples that cause problems for the baby to receive stimulation. , which is called hypersensitivity (hypersensitivity). Children who avoid these behaviours over-respond to sensory input. To give another example; The slightest movement, touch or sound can help your child engage in a negative behaviour. Because of this type of over-reaction, we often see them react more in comparison, such as if they clap their hands to certain words or scream or become frightened by certain noises. Restless when going somewhere new or seeing too many toys, restlessness and hyperactivity are present in this type of child. Some children have hypersensitivity to what they hear. But if someone screams, sees or hears a sticky object, it sounds like someone has scolded them severely, but that’s not the point, the child is not able to take in the sensory input that they get from touching the sticky object.

Children’s sensory seeking is, this type of children hold tightly or very strongly to understand their physical position and pressure and sensory seeking or sensor is identified as hypo-responsive (hypo-responsive) or hyposensitivity (hyposensitivity). This means that a child does not receive enough sensory input and the child constantly searches for it at every moment to reach the “correct” level of ability to perform the task. These behaviours affect their day-to-day activities because they are unable to concentrate or participate in a task until the appropriate level of arousal occurs. For example: How do you feel if you really want to eat singara or if you want to eat rasgulla and can’t eat it? That child will feel that way, he will be eager to eat that food or do that thing. Children will wobble on the reading table, or jostle the pen so that the paper tears due to the pressure of the pen, or bite something in the mouth, grab the mother’s hair or earlobe. Something or your hand will hold you in such a way that you will feel pain but he will not understand why you are feeling pain.

Children with an under-responsive sensory system show less response to sensory input. This type of child needs more sensory input than other children to get feedback. They will look “lazy” or “tired” and they will not pay attention to their surroundings and will continue to do the same thing with no other direction. Who came home or who left will be avoided from all these types of work. For example: Covering many times by name but not taking an answer. Later, the arms and legs hurt, but your baby won’t know he’s in pain.

Children with under sensitivity or hyposensitivity seek more sensory stimulation. On the other hand, children with oversensitivity or hypersensitivity become restless to light and sound, and have many other problems. Some children may have more or less gaps in all of these types of sensory input, while others may have problems in one or two areas.Every child is different from every other because the child has completely his own individual needs.

Author Sradhanjali Dasgupta

Consultant Psychologist, Speaker , Learning Developmental Coach, Teacher and trainer Miss. Sradhanjali Dasgupta has been extensively working in the field of Counselling and education for the past few years in several Clinics, Hospitals, NGOs and educational sectors. She also contributes her writings and blogs in various newspapers, magazines and e- magazines Her training and workshops are both for the corporate as well as for the educational sector and are geared up for learning and development,upgradation and capacity building. She have actively taken part in many debates

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