How Can Sensory Processing Disorder? Essay

1625 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Its 6am; the alarm goes off. This time Jack doesn’t scream or cover his ears. The once familiar feeling of each sound wave as they hit the sides of his skull; the agonizing echo bouncing in his head is gone. To many, noting this absence in response seems extreme; perhaps an exaggeration or overly dramatic. But to Jack it’s a moment he never understood before. To him, it’s the moment of knowing of what it feels like to be “normal”; even if it’s just for this one time. Reaching this monumental moment took years of commitment and therapy to help him cope with his sensitivity to sensory inputs. Jack has Sensory Processing Disorder, a complex neurological condition that often leaves individuals feeling overwhelmed by sensory stimuli.
In the past, little time and money was spent on studying this disorder, but recently this has changed. With the increase in neuroatypical diagnosis amongst children, neurologists have begun to look at this problem more closely in hopes of gaining a better understanding about its biological basis as well as effective ways of reaching these individuals. For years it was believed that the best route in treating people with sensory integration and neuroatypical disorders was in the form of Sensory Integration Therapy, which is based on Dr. A. Jean Ayres’ theory of Sensory Integration. But more recently there has been some debate about the actual effectiveness of this approach. This difference of opinion led doctors and therapist to look at more viable…

Related Documents