Who Diagnoses Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

“Just as we are what we eat, we live what we sense.”

 

  • Green-Body-SocksSPD can best be diagnosed by an occupational therapist who has advanced training, experience, and expertise in sensory processing theory and sensory integration practice, both evaluation and treatment.
  • The comprehensive sensory processing evaluation by the occupational therapist should provide information as to the severity of the sensory processing struggles, what area(s) of sensory processing are most impacted (modulation, discrimination or motor-planning), and what senses are involved.
  • Once diagnosed, children benefit from a treatment program of Occupational Therapy (OT) utilizing a sensory integrative (SI) approach, which acknowledges and utilizes strengths throughout the process of facilitating development.

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