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Touch, movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste can become difficult for children with sensory processing disorders. For kids with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, these issues are common. They can affect daily living or foods they eat among other things. Between the ages of 2 and 7 is usually when processing disorders in children are usually found.

Awareness is growing about sensory processing issues among children, say Spokane and Coeur d’Alene occupational therapists. Professionals note many adults also have coping mechanisms around sensory needs, often to stay focused, from chewing on a pencil to tapping a foot.
~Treva Lind

Sensory processing disorder affects more people than most think.

Sensory processing affects one in 20 people. Children can do things like dressing or functioning in a classroom better with sensory integration therapy. Emotional reactive behaviors and frustrations get better as their confidence increases. Sensory integration techniques could be used to wake up kids senses through touch or hearing music for the ones who shut down.

Key Takeaways:

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In order to expand outpatient therapy for pediatric patients, Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene is going to add a sensory integration room.
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A lot of adults have coping mechanisms around sensory needs to stay focused.
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Touch, sight, smell, and taste can be difficult for children with sensory processing disorders.

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