PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How od occupational therapists treat sensory processing disorder?

ANSWER

Occupational therapists use a technique called sensory integrative therapy to help kids with ADHD who have sensory processing disorder. In this technique, the therapist helps to reorganize the child's sensory system, using:

  • Deep pressure, such as massage or the use of a weighted vest or blanket
  • Rhythmic, repetitive movements such as on a swing, trampoline, or exercise ball
  • Different textures for the child to touch
  • Listening therapy to help with sensitivity to sounds

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Occupational Therapy."

American Occupational Therapy Association: "ADHD," "OT in Schools."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatrics , June 1, 2012.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Occupational Therapy."

American Occupational Therapy Association: "ADHD," "OT in Schools."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatrics , June 1, 2012.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

Does sensory therapy in addition to ADHD treatment help ADHD symptoms more?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.