Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (formerly known as SID sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition where sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. It’s like a neurological “traffic jam” that stops parts of the brain from getting the information it needs to interpret sensory information correctly.
Here are some helpful links on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)
All kids can be picky or quirky when it comes to their likes and dislikes but if it interferes with their everyday functioning there could be something more to it. Most children with Autism have some form of SPD or Sensory Processing Disorder (formerly known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction). SPD is basically the way the nervous system gets messages from the senses and turns them into motor and behavioral responses. I think pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD said it best, she referred to SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that stops particular areas of the brain from getting the information it needs to read the sensory information appropriately. People with SPD find it hard to process and act on information they get through the senses, which can create difficulty when performing everyday things. People can be affected in only one sense or in multiple senses.
Some signs of spd
Covers ears over every loud sound, even non- offensive sounds like vacuums or hairdryers
Sensitive to lights, natural or artificial
Shows little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold or overreaction to pain or hot and cold
Has issues with food textures, often gagging when trying new foods (very picky eater)