Treatment

SPD Treatment typically includes a play-focused intervention in an environment that is sensory rich that has areas for swinging, spinning, touching, tasting and other places that stimulate the senses. Typical places that have areas for treatment include private clinics and practices, hospitals, and university occupational therapy programs. Occupational therapists in conjunction with other types of therapy including listening therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, and other sensory integration specialists will all be involved in the treatment process.

During the course of treatment, the occupational therapist will measure your child’s progress through an acronym “A SECRET”.

Attention: Is there a way to enhance sustained or divided attention to people and activities around the child?
Sensation: Is there a way to modify the child’s responses to sensory input?
Emotion: What emotion is the child experiencing, and can these emotions be regulated?
Culture: What part of the family’s culture (habits and routines) can be changed to avoid challenging situations?
Relationship: Is there something in the relationships experienced by the child that is causing his or her responses? For example, does the child need closer support or need more space?
Environment: What in the environment is not optimal for the child? How can those environmental factors be modified?
Task: What is troubling the child or difficult about the task at hand? How can the task be modified so that it is not so problematic?

A successful treatment will first observe the behaviors and then try to modify them.