Understanding Sensory Processing in Children: A Guide for Parents

As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. We want them to be healthy, happy, and thriving in every aspect of their lives. However, some children may experience difficulty processing the sensory information they receive from their environment, which can lead to various challenges.
Sensory processing refers to how our nervous system receives and responds to sensory information from the world around us. This process may not function properly for some children, leading to difficulties in processing, adapting, and responding to sensory stimuli.
The prevalence of sensory processing issues is reported to be around 1 in 20 to 1 in 6.25 children in the US general population (Ahn et al., 2004; Ben-Sasson et al., 2009). These difficulties can manifest in different ways, such as overreacting or underreacting to sensory stimuli, seeking sensory input, or avoiding it altogether.

As a parent, it can be challenging to recognize and understand the signs of sensory processing difficulties.
Here are some examples of behaviors associated with sensory processing difficulties:

  • Overreaction to loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures
  • Difficulty with transitions and changes in routine
  • Avoidance of certain foods or textures
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as holding a pencil or buttoning a shirt
  • Difficulty with gross motor skills, such as climbing stairs or riding a bike
  • Delayed language development or difficulty with articulation

If you suspect your child may be experiencing sensory processing difficulties, it is essential to seek professional help. Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate and treat sensory processing difficulties in children using various techniques, such as sensory integration therapy and adaptive equipment.
At Milestone Therapeutic Services, our team of licensed and experienced professionals is here to provide the best care for your child. We offer various services, including pediatric developmental, occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

If you are concerned about an emerging fine motor, gross motor, or language skill, we invite you to book a free 15-minute phone consultation with us. During this consultation, we can answer your questions and guide you in taking the best action to support your child.

In conclusion, understanding sensory processing in children is essential for parents to recognize and address any difficulties that their child may be experiencing. With the help of professional therapy, children can learn to adapt and respond to sensory stimuli effectively, improving their overall quality of life. Book a consultation with Milestone Therapeutic Services today, and let us help your child reach their full potential.