> Do you notice that your child or someone you know cannot stand certain noises such as the sound of people chewing food, fireworks, dog barking, or babies’ crying?
> Is it hard for your child to keep his/her clothing on? Or irritable towards almost every kind of texture?
> Is he/she being picky with food and tends to spit or gag what he/she does not like?
>Does he/she usually prefer to be in the pitch dark and feels easily overwhelmed when exposed to lighted areas?
He/she may be struggling with sensory integration disorder.
Sensory integration is the processing ability of the brain to receive information from each of our senses harmoniously. The disorder happens when the brain cannot effectively do so. Meaning, some of the information we receive from our environment are not or less perceived and interpreted by the brain resulting in either avoidance of stimuli (i.e. staying away from any form of noise, refusing to be hugged) or unpleasant behaviour (i.e. screaming, crying).
People with sensory integration disorder are vulnerable to almost anything they encounter because their senses function very well but their brain does not.
So why does the brain resist the information?
It does not voluntarily do so; in fact, it is because the brain lacks the ability to do it at all. They lack the ability to process (perceive-analyse-interpret) all these sensory inputs and thus, do not respond correctly to situations whether at home or in school. Children with Global Developmental Delays, Autism, Down Syndrome, Learning Difficulties are the ones mainly struggling with sensory integration disorder.