Signs and Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder

If you talk to parents who have kids with learning and behavioural issues, the most common correlation among these children will be their sensory processing or the lack of it. While it is a common notion that a majority of children with disorders about the Autism Spectrum have difficulty in integrating sensory input, it is also true that many kids are not on this spectrum and still suffer from sensory processing disorder.

Almost all children come across as quirky or have their particular likes and dislikes and all children are very particular about them. The case worsens when children suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder as it obstructs their day to day functioning. Sensory processing disorders are typically defined as either over responsiveness (hypersensitivity) or under-responsiveness (hyposensitivity) of the sensory stimuli. While almost all kids throw tantrums at one point or another and others just don’t seem like they have a good eye to hand co-ordination, it’s really important to take note of some peculiar behaviours of kids. Not everything in a child is a tantrum, they all are not brats that we label them to be. Sometimes there is an underlying issue.


Do observe these common signs and get your kid(s) checked for Sensory Processing Disorder:


Evidence of hypersensitivity:


  • Extreme reaction to abrupt, high-pitched and shrill sounds of metals brushing, chalk on board, nails scratching on board and flushing toilets. 
  • Fear of sounds that are usually inoffensive to others. 
  • Getting easily distracted by backdrop noises that are easily ignored by others. These sounds are also generally inaudible to others, but children with SPD can’t ignore them. 
  • Anxious and nervous reaction to sudden touch. 
  • Discomfort in hugging and cuddling, even with familiar people. 
  • Nervousness in crowded places. 
  • Fearful response to swings. 
  • Extreme fear of climbing and falling, even in the absence of any prominent and real danger.
  • Poor body balance.


Signs of Hyposensitivity: 

  • Constant need to touch people and feel textures. 
  • No comprehension of personal space. 
  • Uncontrolled and clumsy movements. Abnormally high tolerance for pain to the point of indifference. 
  • Harming pets and kids while playing due to the incomprehension of one’s strength. 
  • Unable to sit still, constantly shifting weight on feet while standing. 
  • Insatiable desire for thrilling adventures.


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