Sensory Sensitivity and SPD - confused!

by Bonnie
(Georgia, USA)

Hey everyone! I posted several weeks ago about symptoms that seemed contradictory with my son. Well since then I have had him evaluated and the therapist told me today (immediately after the eval) that it seemed to her that he had sensory sensitivity. I looked this up online and all I could find was that it was a pattern of sensory processing. But my question is is it a pattern of sensory processing disorder?


She recommended once a week therapy so that made me thing spd but she never actually said that. I didn't ask because I was thinking that she would send a report that would have that in there and she might but I was just wandering if anyone else was familiar with this and could fill me in sooner. Thanks everyone!

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Feb 20, 2010
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What I already found out
by: Bonnie

I did some research on this term and found that it is a pattern of sensory processing in which the person has a low threshold for sensory input (meaning they are sensitive to small amounts of input, things bother them more) and that their response to that is passive meaning that they have meltdowns or simply get anxious. Another pattern that is similar is sensory avoider. This person has the same low threshold but the response is active so they avoid the sensory input. There are 2 others but I just wanted to see if they were patterns that were abnormal and therefore part of the disorder or normal patterns.

Feb 20, 2010
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re:sensitivity and spd
by: Nicole OT

Sensory sensitivity is one classifications of sensory processing disorder in which individuals respond to sensory information, in other words...increased sensitivity to sounds, touch, movement, smells, etc. Often these individuals will attempt to avoid such sensory information and this may lead to upsets, controlling nature, and/or shut-down in behavior. Individuals who demonstrate sensory sensitivity respond with a "fight, flight,or fright" response. Check out the book, "The Out Of Sync Child".

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