Beanstalk children's therapy

 What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?


Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the 7 senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioural responses.

SPD is a condition that affects at least 1 in 20 children. It exists when a child's nervous system is unable to organise sensory information to produce an appropriate response, and as a result, performance in a variety of everyday activities is affected. SPD can affect children in only one sense – e.g. hearing or touch – or multiple senses.

Most children with SPD are just as intelligent as their peers; however some have other diagnoses (such as ASD or ADHD). Early diagnosis is vital and can prevent secondary problems (such as anxiety, depression or other behavioural problems) from developing. Warning signs may include trouble falling/staying asleep, difficulty with toilet training, overly sensitive to noise or touch, or difficulty learning new motor skills. Once a child's sensory processing difficulties are identified, they benefit from a treatment program of occupational therapy (OT) using a sensory integration (SI) approach. OT-SI typically takes place in a sensory-rich environment, i.e. therapy gym. The OT provides the child with various play activities that are subtly structured, so they are constantly challenged but always successful.

OT helps children with SPD to take part in typical childhood activities, such as socialising with peers, playing, learning, dressing, toileting and sleeping. Beanstalk Children's Therapy offers OT-SI, as well as a variety of other specialist interventions. We are an established local independent therapy provider in Essex.

Beanstalk Children's Therapy work closely with parents and teachers, providing education and support during all of their sessions.

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Their address is 
Therapy Centre:
5A Beckwith Barn,
The Warren Estate,
Lordship Road,

Head Office: 01245423827