Many parents are becoming more aware of the prevalence of sensory processing disorders. So if your kid is extremely upset by slight environmental changes, such as the noise of silverware being placed in a drawer, then you may wonder if it's an appropriate time to check in with the physician. After all, spotting the early signs of sensory processing disorder can help your kid get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
According to WebMD, a sensory processing disorder is a condition that makes it difficult for a person's brain to receive sensory information. In some cases, people are overly sensitive to stimuli, so much so that minor background noise feels deafening. On the other hand, some people are under-sensitive to sensory stimuli, making it tricky to, say, accurately gauge the temperature outside and dress appropriately.
That said, it can be difficult to spot the symptoms of a sensory processing disorder (SPD). After all, plenty of children will play too rough, refuse to eat certain foods, and go without jackets on a chilly day. With that in mind, it's a good idea to check with your pediatrician or an occupational therapist if you suspect your kid shows these symptoms. Professionals will be able to help you discover whether your kid's dislike for crowds is a symptom of SPD, or just a sign that your little one is developing at his own rate.