Weighted Blanket for Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction happens when a child has sensory underload or overload. It’s a neurological disorder which makes it difficult for the brain to organize information from the senses.

A child who has this disorder can be under sensitive or overly sensitive to their environment. With other children, they can tune out whatever sensory information they receive. However, the children who have Sensory Processing Disorder will have difficulties doing daily tasks.

Those who are oversensitive to their environment can be easily irritated by tags on clothes, by biting into food, or reading a book. While others who are under sensitive may be indifferent to pain which can also be dangerous. They might want to experience more and do things that can hurt them like touching a hot stove or have the constant need to touch people or things even when it’s inappropriate.

What are the symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder can be categorized in two ways - hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. These are the common symptoms according to their category:

Hypersensitivity

  • Extreme reaction to loud noises
  • Dislike touching and being touched
  • Fear and anxiety in large crowds
  • Reluctance to play or to take part in social activities
  • Extreme fear of trying out new things
  • Meltdowns when exposed to noises or crowds

Hyposensitivity

  • High tolerance or indifference to pain
  • Sensory seeking
  • Having a constant need to touch
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • No fear of getting hurt

How is Sensory Processing Disorder diagnosed?

Oftentimes, having a sensory processing disorder is difficult to diagnose and it’s easy to misdiagnose since there is no way to find out whether a child has it or not.

If a parent notices a difference in behavior, it’s best to take note of those changes and symptoms. It’s also recommended to ask teachers or any guardian who takes care of the child to note down these behaviors. Once all the information is gathered, specialists can evaluate whether the child has the hyper or hypo sensitivity.

What are the causes of Sensory Processing Disorder?

There is no specific cause of Sensory Processing Disorder however when researchers took scans of the brain, studies linked the disorder linked to an area in the brain that affects how sensory information is processed. Sensory Processing Disorder can also be caused by genetics and heredity. Environmental factors such as poor prenatal care or birth risk factors like low birth weight and prematurity can also the reason for developing the disorder.

What can be done to treat Sensory Processing Disorder?

Untreated Sensory Processing Disorder can lead to complications and affect an individual’s ability to build relationships or to cope with activities of daily living. For children dealing with the disorder, it may be difficult to adjust to new surroundings. So it’s best to treat symptoms to help the child with doing daily tasks.

It’s important to note if the child is hyper or hypo sensitive before the appropriate treatment can be applied.

  • Physical Therapy. A physical therapist trained in using a sensory integration approach can help introduce gentle and fun ways to make the child feel at ease with understanding sensations. Therapists can also help with motor skills and movement which can be difficult for a child with hypersensitivity.
  • Psychotherapy. A complication that would arise from untreated Sensory Processing Disorder is anxiety or mood disorders. Hypersensitive children have the tendency to have a meltdown due to sensory overload. To treat this, it’s ideal for a therapist to help them with expressing their emotions and teaching them how to cope with sensations.
  • Speech and Language Therapy. Due to oversensitivity, children may have a difficulty communicating with other kids because of their anxiety and irritability. Kids with hyposensitivity on the other hand may be too rough with others. Having a speech and language therapist will help them be able to communicate with others.
  • Support Groups. Having to handle this disorder can make a parent feel alone. But there are other families who are dealing with it too. Getting advice from other people who are going through it can help with coping with the disorder.

How can Miran Blanket help individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder?

Having a Sensory Processing Disorder will make a child feel anxious and fearful. They often experience meltdowns due to sensory overload. Miran Blanket is designed to help individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder to relax as it reduces movement while inducing calm and relaxation. The luxurious and high quality fabric makes for a comfortable go-to therapy for children with Sensory Processing Disorder in order for them to go to sleep.