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Sensory Processing disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder
Children with Epilepsy
Children with genetic or metabolic disorders
Emotional difficulties such as anxiety disorders
Behavioural feeding difficulties
Children do not need to have a diagnosis to be seen at SenseAbility
Sensory processing is the way the nervous system takes in, organises and interprets
information from the body and the environment so that it can produce an appropriate
response; for example catching a ball, eating a yoghurt or writing a sentence. A
Sensory Processing Disorder or difficulty occurs when the nervous system is either
ASD is a lifelong developmental disorder. It is described as a spectrum because, although people with autism all have three main areas of difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with ASD are able to live independently while others require a lifetime of specialist support. It can be difficult for children and adults with ASD as they do not 'look' disabled and therefore are frequently misunderstood or thought to be naughty.
The three main areas of difficulty that all people with autism have:
Difficulty with SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL INTERACTION, SOCIAL IMAGINATION.
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A behavioural feeding disorder encompasses a range of maladaptive feeding behaviours which are usually unique to each child.
These include behaviours such as:
A child with a behavioural feeding disorder is not your fussy eater or 'controlling' child. These children persistently fail to eat an adequately nutritious diet that is not directly accounted for by a physical condition.
There are multiple reasons for why these feeding difficulties occur, including:
In severe cases children may require nasogastric tube feeds. Feeding difficulties
in children cause an enormous amount of parental anxiety and can become all consuming
in the parent-
These are children who respond too much to sensation. They have difficulty filtering out irrelevant sensations.
These children show a poor awareness of sensory stimuli. Their nervous system filters out too much information so they don't appear to register sensory information.
These children appear to need far more sensory stimulation than most people. They seem to crave sensory input and often actively seek it out.
Poor sensory processing can lead to postural and planning difficulties. We require
information from our bodies and the surrounding environment to develop foundation
skills such as balance, body awareness and hand-
SenseAbility has a particular interest in assessment and treatment of children with neurological and behavioural problems including: