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Mint Hill, NC: Many children have unrecognized sensory processing disorder; as many as 1 in 6

Sept 27, 2017, The Mint Hill (NC) Times: It’s not fussiness Sensory processing disorder is a real problem https://www.minthilltimes.com/columns/healthy-headlines-from-novant/its-not-fussiness-sensory-processing-disorder-is-a-real-problem/ Is your child an especially picky eater? Does your son or daughter get upset about the clothes you pick out for him or her? Parents may assume the child is acting out, but it may be actually be a sign of an underlying issue. Sensory processing disorder, or SPD, is a complex brain condition where nervous system sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses, according to the SPD Foundation. One study found that SPD affected 1 in 20 children’s daily life while other research suggested that 1 in 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to impact everyday life functions.... ...This in turn can affect the way an individual takes on routine tasks and may manifest in clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety and issues at school, which is why it is important to seek treatment. “We may see difficulty with outbursts, emotional regulation and misbehaving; difficulty learning or paying attention; or delays in developmental milestones,” said Brianne Kurcsak, an occupational therapist at Novant Health Rehabilitation Center. … While a cause is still unknown, SPD occurs more often in people who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, anxiety disorders or fragile X syndrome. It’s also thought to be inherited. In a recent study, researchers for the first time identified a biological difference in the brain structures of children with the disorder.