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The Truth About Sensory Processing Disorder

Does Your Child Need an SPD Diagnosis? continued...

Look at simple things like nutrition, sleep, vision, and hearing. Evaluating these areas may help you identify an easily correctable problem that might be causing behavioral issues. "My own son was a very wiggly little guy, and was even more so when he would eat sugary breakfast cereals," says Shaikh. "When we started giving him more protein in the morning, a lot of his behaviors went away." Note, however, that sugar doesn't necessarily cause heightened activity in kids.

Consider changing schools. "A lot of kids are sensitive, but that doesn't mean they have sensory integration disorder," says Healy. "They may just do better in a different school -- for example, a more open-ended, nontraditional environment."

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Reviewed on May 15, 2012

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