Did you know that there is a crossover between ADD/ADHD and sensory processing disorders? It only makes sense if you think about it.
Let's say your child is struggling with auditory issues. This means that sounds might come crashing in like the engine of a jet plane (auditory processing) or that intricate differences between sounds or words might be difficult to distinguish (auditory discrimination).
Do you think it might be difficult to concentrate? Of course, it would!
And if your child has visual processing issues, the print on a page might jump, wave, or wiggle. Your child might see halos around words or see shadows where they shouldn't be. (visual processing) She might struggle to notice the difference between a capital E and a capital F. (visual discrimination)
You might squirm and wiggle if this happened to you, too.
Here's the problem. There's no definitive measure for ADD/ADHD. There's no blood test. It's diagnosed by a subjective checklist where parents, teachers, and professionals simply mark off behaviors.
Behaviors that might be sensory processing issues instead of ADD/ADHD. Often, medications are prescribed for a young learner when the sensory issues haven't been dealt with. This can lead to a variety of issues such as:
· Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
· Oppositional Defiant Disorder
· Sleep problems
· Weight loss
· Decreased appetite
· Increased blood pressure
There are better ways to treat the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. By treating the sensory issues, the symptoms of ADD/ADHD often disappear. We do it every day, the result being happy, well adjusted, and un-medicated children.
And, there has to be a better way to diagnose this issue. A young brain shouldn't be tampered with unless it's absolutely necessary.