Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)


How can TheraTogs contribute to the management of children with SPD?

TheraTogs undergarments deliver the somatosensory input and gentle mechanical stability of a customized body hug. For children with sensory-seeking behaviors who settle down when held, this cozy hug usually has a calming effect. Strapping is available toimprove the alignment of the spine and pelvis, or to add deep compression for more body awareness and as a stimulus for activating the postural muscles of the trunk. Learn More Here

Sensory Modulation Dysfunction (SMD) is a subtype of Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD). We received the following unsolicited report from an occupational therapist who used an earlier version of TheraTogs garments and strapping for a child with ADHD and SMD: 

I trialed the Sensory System on one of my 6 year-old clients with ADHD who has significant sensory issues. She has difficulties processing incoming information and tends to be under-response in general…She is not yet able to write her name legibly and independently. However, after donning the TheraTogs Autism/SPD system for the first time, she was able to write her name from memory on a chalkboard, and it was legible…

These TheraTogs products can support therapy goals for children with ADD/DCD and ADHD/DCD:

About Sensory Modulation Dysfunction

Sensory Modulation Dysfunction (SMD),formerly known as “sensory processing disorder” and “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. SPD can occur in isolation or as part of another disorder, such as one of the autism spectrum disorders or the attention deficit disorders.

A recent study found specific  structural brain abnormalities in the sensory procession regions of the brain in children with clinical evidence of sensory processing issues.[1]

SPD may affect a one or more senses. Similar to many illnesses, the symptoms of SPD exist on a spectrum. One person with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input to be unbearable. Another might show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold. If sensory processing of messages from the muscles and joints is impaired, posture and motor skills can be affected. These are the “floppy babies” who worry new parents and the clumsy kids. Still other children exhibit an appetite for sensation that is in perpetual overdrive. SMD is a common feature of  ASD and ADHD.

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[1]Owen JP, Marco EJ, Desai S,et al. 2013. Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders. Neuroimage Clin. 23;2: 844-853.