Individuals (it’s not just kids) who have higher than average levels of sensory-seeking behaviour may have one type of sensory processing disorder involving a difference in how sensory input is modulated. Providing a “diet” of appropriate sensory information will help a child learn to respond appropriately to their environment and to internal needs for stimulation. When these needs go unmet, children may seek out behaviours that are unsafe to themselves or others which can lead to unfair stigmatization and social ostracism.
SPD is a physiological disorder that has been genetically linked, but if it goes unrecognized can be misdiagnosed as ADHD or other behaviour or emotional health disorders such as anxiety or autism. It is critically important to correctly identify SPD as the indicated treatment is specific.
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol S. Kranowitz
If your child demonstrates many of the above behaviours, and they interfere significantly with functioning at home, school, or daycare, seek help from a paediatrician, occupational therapist, or child psychologist.