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What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses (smells, sensations, sounds and tastes). SPD exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don't get organized into appropriate responses. (STAR Institute for Sensory Processing)

There are two types of SPD – sensory avoiding and sensory seeking. Sensory avoiding means that a child is triggered by loud sounds, uncomfortable clothing, crowded spaces or certain smells or textures. Sensory seeking means the child has a need for movement and they will seek out strong tastes and physical contact. Each type will result in different behaviors and needs, which you can learn more about on understood.org by clicking here.

As a school nurse there are ways you can help support children with an SPD in school. There are many products that aid children in the classroom so they can better adjust to their surroundings and more effectively learn and engage with their peers. Click here to shop special needs products from MacGill and please contact us if you have any questions.

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