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What Moms Should Know About Sensory Processing Disorders in Children

8/10 of the parents, who believed in Singapore Brain Development Centre’s Brain Training programs, have children who have Sensory Processing Issues. Sensory processing disorder is a sort of `traffic jam’ in the brain. Some bits of sensory information get `tied up in traffic,’ and certain parts of the brain do not get the sensory information they need to do their jobs.” (Ayres, p. 51)

Some moms who we met struggled with their children’s behavioral issues, as early as when they were a toddler. Yet, some moms, feedback that the issues they thought could be overcome when their child grows older; as with the adage, “you grow wiser as you grow older,” became a nightmare to them as they experienced the opposite of a worsened condition in their child.

Truth be told, your child do not outgrow sensory processing issues as they get older. Early intervention or treatment is required to assist the child’s development including emotional and social. Here at Singapore Brain Development Centre, our treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a fun, play-based intervention that takes place in a sensory-rich environment. We use occupational therapy programs for treatment of SPD or sensory issues in disorders such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism or Sensory imbalances. It may be supplemented with listening therapy or other complimentary therapies.

To Moms and Dads, you may wish to spend sometime to go through the following Checklist to find out if your child is struggling with Sensory Processing Issues, and if so, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible, without any further delay, let us at Singapore Brain Development Centre help your child to overcome these issues for his developmental needs; and for his brighter future.

Checklist to Gauge Sensory & Behavior Patterns by Singapore Brain Development Centre:

 

SPD Checklist

Checklist for Sensory Processing Disorder Children

 

For troubled parents with struggling children in the special needs areas; of which for this case of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), let Singapore Brain ease your worries and let us help improve the life of your child through our specialised Brain Training programs. Contact us today.

PROFESSIONALS ANSWER PARENTS’ TOUGH QUESTIONS

1. Our doctor diagnosed my son as ADHD and prescribed medication to control behavior. My heart breaks at the thought. Do I really have to drug my child?

Probably not. In a society where a large percentage of students significantly under-perform, seemingly easy solutions are a temptation. “Should I medicate my child?” is a question on the minds of parents nationwide and is most often asked by parents of children tagged ADD/ADHD. There is a growing field of cognitive brain training researchers investigating alternatives to drugs for ADHD. In almost every case, learning skills testing reveals that these children have “cognitive deficits, specifically in working memory.” Weak cognitive skills often mean they can’t pay attention long enough for good academic performance.

Researchers have explored methods to train the brain and impact weak learning skills. In one case, a number of ADHD students underwent 5 weeks of specific skills training and afterwards, 60% no longer fit the label. These results point to the possibility of overcoming lifelong learning hindrances in an extremely short period of time with the right mental skills training. Why wouldn’t everyone do it? The investment in cognitive skills training is “not easy for a time-crunched society and far more laborious than popping a pill.” Although maybe not as easy as taking a pill, the benefits of overcoming skill weakness and building advanced learning ability are worth the short-term effort.

Response compiled from Gunjan Sinha, an award-winning freelance science and medical journalist. She has written well over 100 feature and news stories, appeared on Dateline NBC, CNN, and been featured on several national radio stations. Specific citations are derived from Training the Brain: Cognitive Therapy as an Alternative to ADHD Drugs. Scientific American. July 2005.

2. I’ve been told that I should accept my daughter’s limited ability in school. Am I wrong to want more for her than constant learning struggles for the rest of her life?

No, not at all. That sort of advice is designed to protect your feelings…not help your daughter succeed. As an educational psychologist in private practice and the public school system for the past 14 years, I have completed over a thousand psychoeducational evaluations and intelligence tests on struggling learners from preschool to adult. I encountered numerous families who surrendered to the notion that their child would always struggle to learn, read, or do math. They all but gave up on the dream of their son or daughter attending college. These kids needed hope based on a system that would diagnose and effectively treat the core cause of learning difficulties. Cognitive skills testing and training offers this hope. Any student’s ability to learn can be enhanced, regardless of where they are today. Intervention through appropriate cognitive skills testing and training dramatically improves basic processing speed and memory skills in ways once thought impossible. This opens up promise for struggling students to literally change the course of their lives.

Dr. Russell Griffiths is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who was awarded the Outstanding School Psychologist of Orange County by his peers in 2004/2005. He was the school psychologist for the Orange County Department of Education for 6 years and worked with Probation and Social Service students.

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