What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a development condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses!  Some children are oversensitive and others are under sensitive.

What most people do not realise is just how big a role our senses play in our perception of the world.

How can an SPD affect my autistic child?

The way a child moves, lives, learns, writes, cuts, colours, eats, sleeps and plays can all be affected by their Sensory profile.  Because of SPD’s some children could seem uncoordinated, they can bump into things, block their ears and struggle with spatial geometry because they are unable to tell where their limbs are in space.

The senses that sometime are disordered by an SPD in a child with Autism are:

  • Information regarding position in space, weight of objects & body movement – PROPRIOCEPTIVE PROCESSING
  • Their sense of touch – TACTILE
  • Information obtained through the inner ear in respect of space, gravity or position – VESTIBULAR PROCESSING
  • Their sense of sight – VISION
  • Their sense of hearing – AUDITORY
  • Their sense of smell – OLFACTORY
  • Their sense of taste – ORAL

Amazing K is a school for learners with Autism. Contact ilse@amazingk.co.za to find out more about our curriculum.

Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.