Is it Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or ADHD?



When parents inquire about how occupational therapy  can help children with perplexing behavior, often  their first question “Is it sensory, ADHD or behavior?”  This question is critical, not just academic. An accurate diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment.  The primary intervention for SPD is occupational therapy. For children with AHDH who have sensory processing challenges, occupational therapy is a critical intervention. But children with ADHD often require a team of professionals, which include neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral specialists and occupational therapists boost their behavior and skills.  Carol Kranowitz, author of the Out of Sync Child, helps us distinguish between the symptoms of SPD and ADHD.

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