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ERIC Number: EJ903028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Helping Children with Sensory Processing Disorders: The Role of Occupational Therapy
Sweet, Margarita
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v11 n1 p20-22 Spr-Sum 2010
Normally functioning sensory systems develop through sensory experiences. Children are stimulated through their senses in many different ways. Even though a person's sensory system is intact, he or she may have a sensory processing disorder (SPD), also known as sensory integration dysfunction. This means the person's brain does not correctly process the data it receives through the senses. SPDs are linked to many issues, including autism spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, developmental and/or neurological disorders such as Fragile X Syndrome, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, and even food allergies (Mitchell, 2010). The red flags of sensory integration dysfunction in children are a child's unusual responses to touching and being touched, and/or to moving or being moved. Children, who may have not yet learned how to independently compensate for sensory difficulties they experience, face challenges in focusing on learning in school. This is where occupational therapy (OT) comes in. Occupational therapists determine why people have difficulties with daily activities and help them develop skills or strategies for adapting to and participating in these activities. Therapists play a valuable role in the school system, working with students who have SPDs. The author presents a story of three students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) that illustrates how OT can help.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia