Health & Fitness

May 20, 2014

Debate goes on about kids thrown off by sensory input

Playing with bubble wrap is a silly activity that delights most preschoolers. But for one 2 1/2-year-old from Silver Spring, Md., loud noises such as the pop of plastic bubbles were so upsetting that he would cover his ears and run away. Some days the sound of a vacuum cleaner would make him scream. The child so persistently avoided activities with too much noise and motion that his preschool’s administrators asked to meet with his family – and soon an assessment led to a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder, or SPD.

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