Research into the possible interrelations between early childhood trauma and sensory processing issues is relatively new. This untrodden ground has a lot of potential for parents who struggle with their children’s behavioural and emotional problems, and thus is worth pursuing. What is there to know about sensory processing and trauma?
How to recognize sensory processing problems?
If your child isn’t coping well at school or finds various social situations overwhelming, it may be a sign of sensory processing issues. If your child experiences unexplainable tantrums, or hates particular surroundings or experiences, this could also indicate sensory processing disorder.
Find out if there is any particular trigger to your child’s behavioural problems. If it is something connected to overwhelmed or understimulated senses – bingo! You’ve found the culprit.
For example, your child may find loud noises hateful and throw a tantrum whenever anyone nearby is shouting or if a lorry is passing by. Also, your child may claim that they can’t play with some toys or can’t get into the sandbox because touching the toys or sand causes them to feel awful.
What’s to be done?
Firstly, you’ll need to get a professional diagnosis. If your GP isn’t well-versed in sensory processing issues, you can visit a physiotherapy professional who can recognize it and treat it. In addition to physiotherapy sessions, you could also provide a stimulating environment at home to help your child cope better with sensory overreactions.