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Your child might benefit from therapy if he or she exhibits one or more of the following signs:

  • Over or under-sensitive to sight, sound, smell, touch, or movement
  • Delays in motor skills
  • Delays in language and speech
  • Delays in academic achievement
  • Physical clumsiness
  • Social or emotional problems
  • Hyper-activity or sluggishness
  • Difficulty with change
  • Easily distracted or impulsive
  • Inability to calm self

It is important to note that the above mentioned problems in a child with sensory processing disorder are not seen as a one time occurrence. The issue needs to be both chronic and disruptive to the everyday life of the child and/or family.

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller has classified sensory processing disorder (SPD) into patterns and subtypes. The following outline is based upon her classification system.

Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Modulation Disorder
Sensory Over-Responsivity
Sensory Under-Responsivity
Sensory Seeking/Craving

Sensory-Based Motor Disorder
Postural Disorder

Sensory Discrimination Disorder
Vision     Hearing
Touch     Taste
Smell     Position

Following a comprehensive evaluation of your child, a treatment plan will be designed based upon mutual goals you have discussed and decided upon with your treating therapist. It is usual for these goals to address the following:

Social skills, social participation, social acceptance
Self esteem.

In addition to assessing and treating children with SPD, the occupational therapists at Play and Learn also provide assessments and intervention / treatment to children ages birth through 12 years old with many diagnoses including but not limited to the following:

Asperger’s Syndrome
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Auditory Processing Problems
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cerebral palsy
Developmental Delay
Genetic Disorders including Trisomy 21, Chromosome 18, Fragile X Syndrome and others
Learning Disabilities (including handwriting problems)
Motor Coordination Disorder
Muscular Dystrophy
Pervasive Developmental Delay
Sensory Integrative Dysfunction or Sensory Processing Disorder
Speech and Language Delay

Early intervention is currently thought to be very important to the success of treatment and potential recovery from the problems associated with the above mentioned diagnoses but children any age have the potential to improve with theraputic intervention.

Treatment is delivered in a safe and clean environment