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We get asked often, what are the signs of Sensory Processing Disorder? I came across this great list that breaks it down by age.

Red flags of sensory processing disorder

Infants and toddlers

  • Problems eating or sleeping
  • Refuses to go to anyone but me
  • Irritable when being dressed; uncomfortable in clothes
  • Rarely plays with toys
  • Resists cuddling, arches away when held
  • Cannot calm self
  • Floppy or stiff body, motor delays

Pre-schoolers

  • Oversensitive to touch, noises, smells, other people
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Difficulty dressing, eating, sleeping, and/or toilet training
  • Clumsy; poor motor skills; weak
  • In constant motion; in everyone else’s face and space
  • Frequent or long temper tantrums

Grade-schoolers

  • Oversensitive to touch, noise, smells, other people
  • Easily distracted, fidgety, craves movement; aggressive
  • Easily overwhelmed
  • Difficulty with handwriting or motor activities
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Unaware of pain and/or other people
  • Adolescents and adults
  • Oversensitive to touch, noise, smells and other people
  • Poor self-esteem; afraid of failing at new tasks
  • Lethargic and slow
  • Always on the go; impulsive; distractible
  • Leaves tasks uncompleted
  • Clumsy, slow, poor motor skills or handwriting
  • Difficulty staying focused

—from SPDFoundation.net

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