Sensory Processing Awareness

Below is a list of  sensory processing disorders found in children.  This list provides a motivation for spreading the word about Advance My Baby.  Parents who follow the guidelines found in the Advance My Baby manual and who check their progress with our AMB On-Line Assessment, will counteract, mimimize and even eliminate these activities before they begin. The time to start is at birth. In the Advance My Baby manual, you will find exercises and activities designed to steer away from the issues below.

If you have an older child (36 months to 10 years) who has 10 or more of these signs or if they only have a couple signs which significantly interfere with their daily living activities, you should consult with a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in sensory processing disorders and your pediatrician.

  • Uncoordinated – falls frequently
  • Avoids movement activities
  • Hyper-active or lethargic
  • Puts hands over ears to block out loud noises/ unable to block out irrelevant sounds
  • Walks on toes or has a bounce to their step
  • Little awareness of pain or temperature
  • Fascination with lights, fans, water
  • Hand flapping/repetitive movements
  • Spinning items i.e. wheels on cars
  • Lines up toys
  • Difficulty transitioning from one thing to another, resists new situations
  • Poor tolerance to changes in environment
  • Has self injurious behaviors (bites, hits, or bangs head)
  • Aggressive towards others (bites, hits, pulls hair, pinches, pushes)
  • Avoids swings, seesaw, heights, avoids playground equipment
  • Poor fine motor skills, trouble with handwriting, may avoid schoolwork
  • Reacts irritatedly or lashes out to people near or touching them
  • Avoidance of certain “textures,” such as sand, grass, paste, and finger paints
  • Does not like to get hands messy or dirty
  • Spits out, rejects certain food textures, picky eater, failure to thrive
  • Resists grooming – washing/brushing face, teeth, hair, cutting of nails
  • Avoids certain textures of clothing
  • Prefers to be naked
  • Frequently adjusts clothing
  • Wants tags removed from clothing
  • Takes shoes and socks off whenever possible
  • Wants to be under a table or in a corner
  • Poor eye contact
  • Speech/language delay, poor articulation, communication deficits
  • Seems to have weak muscles, tires easily, poor endurance
  • Becomes anxious or distressed when feet leave the ground
  • Has low self-esteem, or it is difficult to get them to try new things
  • Climbs in inappropriate places
  • Seeks out all kinds of movement
  • Risk taker/poor safety awareness
  • Constantly touches people and objects, tends to be irritating
  • Is overly affectionate with others
  • Seems anxious or nervous
  • Has difficulty with dressing skills
    Difficult to comfort when upset
  • Wants to touch/handle everything
  • Puts inappropriate objects in mouth
  • Presses too hard or soft using a pencil
  • Poor coordination between their hands and their feet
  • Hesitant at uneven surfaces
  • Loves to swim, but hates baths, showers, hair washing
  • Exhibits very controlling behavior
  • Insists on wearing long sleeves/pants so that skin is not exposed
  • Sits in “W” position (legs form a W shape)
  • Problems with muscle tone, coordination, motor planning (brain’s ability to carry out a sequence of unfamiliar actions)