Sensory Symptoms

Sensory Symptoms 2017-04-27T11:19:43+00:00

Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms

If your child has many of the symptoms listed below he might have a sensory processing disorder. Like many disorders, sensory processing disorders exist on a spectrum. Our services at our St. Louis office could benefit both your child, and you. This list isn’t comprehensive, and any concerns you may have should always be addressed by your child’s primary care provider.

Infants and Toddlers

  • Problems eating or sleeping.
  • Resists being cuddled, or arches back when being held.
  • Refuses to go to anyone but me.
  • Rarely plays with toys.
  • Can’t calm self.
  • Sensitive to sounds.
  • Difficult during diaper changes.
  • Floppy or stiff body, motor delays.


  • Overly sensitive to touch, sounds, smells, and other people.
  • Difficulty making friends.
  • Difficulty dressing, eating, sleeping, and/or toilet training.
  • Clumsy, poor motor skills, weak.
  • In constant motion; in everyone’s space and face.
  • Frequent or longer temper tantrums.

School Aged

  • Overly sensitive to touch, sounds, smells, and other people.
  • Easily distracted, fidgety, craves movement, aggressive.
  • Easily overwhelmed.
  • Difficulty with handwriting or motor activities.
  • Difficulty making friends.
  • Unaware of pain, and/or other people’s pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sensory Processing or Sensory Integration?

We receive a great deal of information from our senses in which our brain has to interpret and produce a positive outcome whether it be behavior, learning, or social interaction. Our senses give us input about our physical body and environment. If a child is not able to interpret this information correctly then they might exhibit temper tantrums, attention deficits, be overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights, sound, have poor balance or coordination, poor self-concept, or delays in academic achievement. Overcoming symptoms of sensory processing disorders is what Play2Learn in St. Louis helps families work towards everyday.

My child is such a picky eater and mealtimes are such a struggle.

Play2Learn uses the SOS approach to Feeding, which is a developmental feeding therapy that allows a child to interact and learn about foods in a playful, non-stressful environment. Through play, a child learns to explore the properties of the foods including color, shape, texture, smell, and taste. The child usually meets with the Occupational Therapist weekly, and along with the parents involvement, home exercise, and therapeutic activities, children will learn to explore new foods.

What do I do with my child who cannot hold a pencil?

Children don’t always have the appropriate upper body strength, hand strength, and/or hand function to hold a pencil correctly. Through assessment, the therapist will determine which specific areas need to be addressed to develop this appropriate skill.

My child’s handwriting is illegible.

Perfecting HandwritingDifficulty with handwriting is often a result of a lack of adequate visual perceptual skills. Children with difficulties in this area do not automatically pick up visual details. The therapist will look at the child’s visual perceptual areas of concerns and will provide meaningful activities to address this area.


What is the difference between school-based therapy vs. clinic-based therapy?

Play2Learn in St. Louis follows the medical model. We use a “bottom up approach,” starting with the foundation. We look at the cause and underlying deficit (foundational skill) and address those directly in order for the child to develop the skills necessary to succeed (whole child). School-based therapy uses an educational model. They use a “top down approach”, addressing the symptom and not necessarily the cause. Schools look at specific skills that will impact their educational environment. In the state of Missouri, a child cannot qualify for occupational therapy services at school unless their is a cognitive and/or speech/language concern or deficit.