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ADHD, Autism, ODD

Sensory processing refers to the way the brain receives and interprets sensory information from the environment, such as touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. I have a particular interest in working with individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

Some common challenges that individuals with ADHD, Autism, and ODD may experience from a sensory processing perspective include:

  • Hypersensitivity: Some individuals may be hypersensitive to certain types of sensory input, such as loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures. This can cause them to feel overwhelmed or overstimulated, which can lead to behavioural difficulties such as irritability or meltdowns.
  • Hyposensitivity: Other individuals may be hyposensitive to sensory input, meaning they do not register certain types of stimuli as strongly as others. This can lead to seeking out sensory input, such as through roughhousing or other physical activities, or difficulty with self-regulation.
  • Sensory seeking: Some individuals may actively seek out sensory input in order to regulate their nervous system, such as through rocking, spinning, or touching objects. This can be problematic if the behaviour is disruptive or unsafe.
  • Sensory avoidance: Other individuals may actively avoid certain types of sensory input, such as loud noises or certain textures, which can limit their participation in activities or social situations.
  • Difficulty with transitions: Changes in sensory input can be particularly challenging for individuals with ADHD, Autism, or ODD. For example, transitioning from a quiet classroom to a noisy lunchroom can be overwhelming and lead to behavioural difficulties.
  • Sensory overload: When there is too much sensory input to process, individuals may experience sensory overload, which can lead to shut down or meltdowns.

These challenges can impact daily life in a variety of ways, including difficulty with self-regulation, social interaction, academic and occupational performance, and quality of life. It is important to understand and address sensory processing challenges in order to support individuals with ADHD, Autism, and ODD.

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