Sensory Processing Disorder in Virginia Beach VA

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There is not a "one size fits all" for sensory processing challenges in Virginia Beach VA, but SPD is a condition that affects how the brain and nervous system process stimuli. It can affect all five general senses (touch, smell, see, taste and hear) or just one of the five. Additionally, the two senses that are most important for pediatric brain and neurodevelopment, movement and balance, are most heavily affected in sensory children, along with oversensitivity to things in their environment.

There are two different kinds of sensory processing challenges - sensory avoiding (they do not want to be touched) and sensory seeking (always in need of more stimulation) and children can most definitely have a mix of both.

Many children with Sensory Processing Disorder start out as fussy babies who become more anxious as they grow older. These kids often don't handle change well and may frequently throw tantrums or have meltdowns.

What Are Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder in Virginia Beach VA?

Signs and symptoms can be different depending on your child's sensory challenges. It can also be hard for parents to recognize signs of SPD because children don't always know how to communicate their needs and they themselves don't understand why they feel this way.

Sensory seeking signs:

  • Can't sit still and seeks thrills (loves jumping, heights, and spinning)
  • Can spin without getting dizzy
  • Don't pick up on social cues
  • Don't recognize personal space
  • Puts items in mouth and chews on things (including hands and clothing)
  • Seeks visual stimulation (like electronics)
  • Problems sleeping
  • High pain threshold
  • Constantly touching things
  • Rocking or swaying

Sensory avoiding signs:

  • Low pain threshold
  • Appearing clumsy
  • Fleeing without regard to safety
  • Covering eyes or ears frequently
  • Picky food preferences or gagging when eating
  • Resisting hugs or sudden touches
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Difficulty focusing attention
  • Sensitive to bright light and loud sounds

How to Help a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

The average pediatrician and medical provider will still tell parents of fussy, colicky, constipated babies something to the tune of, "Don't worry, they'll grow out of it." But deep down parents have always known what plenty of research is now showing us - they don't grow out of it, they grow into more chronic neurological challenges like Sensory Processing Disorder.

We know that you've got to dig back down to those root causes, where all the stress and subluxation began. The first thing a neurologically-focused, pediatric chiropractor will do is take a deep dive into your child's case history and use a tool called the INSiGHT Scanning Technology.

In just 10-15 minutes, these safe, non-invasive scans can find measure and locate subluxation in your child's autonomic nervous system. These scans will help your us put together a customized care plan that fits your child's exact needs and start to restore function and balance to the autonomic nervous system. This is the missing link to help your child with their sensory processing challenges!

Most often when we meet with parents of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, they've already tried quite a few things to help their child struggle less, but are still searching for more answers and action steps. That is where neurologically-focused, pediatric chiropractic care truly does become that missing link!


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Vanella Chiropractic

4661 Haygood Rd #110
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

(757) 982-8989