Is your child misbehaving or is it something more? In some incidences, if sensory issues are present, the behavior may the way in which a child reacts to their environment. Sensory processing disorder can be very complex and very individualized based on the child. For children with this diagnosis, Early Intervention provides a valuable resource for parents in helping their children. At teli our Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists and Developmental Specialists have had extensive experience with sensory concerns and are excellent resources to help. Parents are worried and want answers. To support these families, our staff has identified some of the most common questions that parents ask and importantly, provides answers to help.
A: At teli, as part of understanding the many facets of children with disabilities, we listen to parents and hear them describe frequent meltdowns, inability to get out of the house, a child who doesn’t like to be touched, or over reacting to noise. These are just a few red flags of potential sensory difficulties preventing a normal happy life for a child and the family.
It’s important to realize some of these behaviors may be normal and happen on occasion however, if they become more frequent and begin to interfere with the daily life of your child then it’s time to get help. Start by talking with your pediatrician about your concerns and rule out any medical problems. Then ask for a referral for Early Intervention Services to include Occupational therapists, who are trained to address sensory difficulties. Resource: Debbie Fekos, Occupational Therapist
A: As a parent, you know your child best. You know when something just doesn’t seem right. Has your child has demonstrated some of the red flags noted in the Q/A What red flags should I look for if I am concerned my child has sensory issues? Take care there is help! And getting help for your child early is an important step! Early Intervention support can provide the necessary assessment and therapy that your child may need to address their challenges.
Treatment for a child on the Autism Spectrum may vary based on their unique needs and age. At teli , our multidisciplinary staff includes Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists as well as Developmental Specialists to work with your child. Early intervention services are provided free of charge, in your home and may include the following certain features:
Hope for the future… Early intervention is essential for a strong foundation of learning for a child on the Autism Spectrum. If you are concerned about your child, a health care provider can help! Early Intervention Services can help your child achieve the developmental milestones to enable them to reach their full potential. Resource: Kim Morrow Developmental Specialist
A: In Early Intervention, teli therapists, work with families who have had questions about their child’s over sensitive or under sensitive reactions that may result in negative behavior. Understanding exactly what is causing the child’s behavior is important. What “triggers” your child’s reactions can depend on the which, or how many of the five senses are impacted. The following are some of the reactions which may indicate Sensory Processing Disorder.
There are three major strategies to employ when working with children with sensory issues:
Resource: Alex Beschorner, Occupational Therapist If you are seeing some of the challenges identified above in your child’s behavior, you should talk to your health care provider. Importantly Early Intervention Services are available at no cost to you! Call us today 412-922-8322!