How to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

Some children who have successfully managed symptoms with therapy may find they need additional treatment as they get older and reach new life challenges. Going to college or working in a particularly stressful job could trigger the onset of new symptoms. Additional therapy and counseling can help re-establish control over symptoms as environments and circumstances change.

Treating SPD with Medication

Medication is not recommended to treat SPD.

Treating SPD with Lifestyle Changes

Some patients find that pairing therapy with alternative treatments such as acupuncture helps to alleviate symptoms of SPD, though research has not confirmed the effectiveness of this holistic approach. Brushing, or the Wilbarger protocol, and craniosacral manipulation have also proven helpful as complementary therapies for some individuals. Any alternative treatment should be administered under the supervision of a qualified therapist.

Sensory organizing is a system designed to prioritize a patients needs and create an environment that maximizes strengths and minimizes challenges. This involves prioritizing tasks and routines into short and simple steps that limit the sensory exposure an easily over-stimulated patient must endure. Putting away clean laundry, for example, could break down into: bring laundry to room, separate clothes into groups, put clothes into bins as marked.

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