Children who receive sensory intervention therapy may experience significant improvement in their ADHD symptoms.
by ADDitude Editors
If your AD/HD child continually seeks out a high level of sensory stimulation - or is extremely sensitive to it - he may have a sensory disorder that could benefit from special therapy.
"Many children with AD/HD also suffer from sensory processing disorder, a neurological underpinning that contributes to their ability to pay attention or focus," said researcher Kristie Koenig, Ph.D., of Temple University in Philadelphia.
Some children with the disorder seek out or make lots of noise or physical contact with people or objects. Others are repelled by such stimulation, reacting to sensory overload by covering their ears, running away, or crying and screaming.
Dr. Koenig's research team gave sensory intervention therapy to 63 children with AD/HD. The therapy - which involves brushing the skin, swaying on a swing, working with an exercise ball, and so on - is designed to improve children's sensitivity to touch and movement.
After 40 one-hour sessions, the children showed significant improvement. "The children were more at ease," said researcher Moya Kinnealey, Ph.D. "They could better attend to a lesson in a noisy classroom, or more comfortably participate in family activities."