Sensory Processing Disorders versus ADHD

by Vicki Douds ASD Specialist
(New Zealand)

I am saddened by the medical model quick diagnosis of ADHD for many children and adults who present with behaviour that is concerning or problematic to parents and/or teachers.

In my expereince, many of the children I see with a diagnosis of ADHD are experiencing sensory processing problems which are not identified or understood by many medical clinicians.

The use of medication for ADHD does not treat sensory issues and in most cases creates another set of problems for the young person.

What is needed is a more holistic approach to behavioural problems to include diet and sensory issues. Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have sensory disorders that go un noticed or untreated while it seems common to diagnose the presenting behaviour as ADHD.

A more holistic approach is needed when working with complex issues rather than reaching for a prescription pad for medication.

Best practice should include a sensory assessment and a sensory diet.

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Nov 26, 2011
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