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Understanding Sensory Processing Issues in Children with Autism

January 30, 2024
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Navigating the world of autism can be a challenging journey, especially when it comes to understanding and managing sensory processing issues. At Phoenix Autism Center (PAC), founded by parents who have walked this path, we’re committed to enlightening and supporting families through these unique challenges. Our center specializes in evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children aged 18 months to 6 years, focusing on functional treatment goals that enhance independence, communication, social, and engagement skills.

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Sensory Processing and Autism

Sensory processing issues are a common occurrence in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These issues stem from how the brain organizes and responds to sensory input, which can be overwhelming, confusing, or under-detected in these children.

Recognizing the Signs

  • Hypersensitivity: Children may be overly sensitive to sensory stimuli like noise, light, or touch, leading to discomfort or avoidance behaviors.
  • Hyposensitivity: Conversely, some children might seek intense sensory experiences or be less responsive to pain or temperature.
  • Sensory Discrimination Issues: Difficulty in differentiating sensory inputs can lead to challenges in everyday tasks.

The PAC Approach to Sensory Challenges

At Phoenix Autism Center, we understand the profound impact sensory processing issues can have on a child’s life, influencing their behavior, learning, and social interactions. Our approach involves:

  • Creating Sensory-Friendly Environments: To reduce sensory overload, we tailor the child’s environment, considering factors like lighting, noise levels, and safe spaces.
  • Sensory Integration Therapy: Our skilled occupational therapists employ sensory integration therapy to help retrain the brain’s response to sensory input.
  • Structured Routines: Predictable routines are crucial for reducing anxiety around sensory experiences.
  • Individualized Sensory Tools: From weighted blankets to fidget toys, we offer personalized sensory tools to help each child cope effectively.
  • Educational Support: Educating the families and teachers about sensory processing issues is integral to our approach, ensuring a supportive environment for the child.

Take the Next Step with Phoenix Autism Center

Understanding and managing sensory processing issues are vital for enhancing the lives of children with ASD. At Phoenix Autism Center, we are dedicated to guiding families through this journey with compassion and expertise. If your child is facing challenges with sensory processing, join us in creating a supportive pathway for their development and growth.

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To learn more about our services and how we can assist your child, contact us today. Let’s embark on this journey together, paving the way towards a fulfilling and independent life for your child.