Sensory Processing Disorder

What ia a processing disorder?

A processing disorder broadly affects one’s ability to understand. There are several different types of processing disorders including but not limited to:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Central
  • Sensory
  • Language
  • Sequential

Processing disorders are extremely prevalent and contribute to many behavioral issues and learning disorders in children and adults. However, because processing g disorders are not coded in the current Diagnostic Manual, it is rarely diagnosed. Rather, the symptoms or co-morbid disorders become the diagnosis. The most common symptoms of processing disorders include but are not limited to:

  • Trouble hearing information
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Unable to follow multiple directions
  • Extreme sensory sensitivity
  • Difficulty with attention and focus
  • Anxiety and mood
  • Obsessive and compulsive disorder
  • Trouble with memory or remembering
  • Dyslexia or word/letter switching

Neurofeedback treats processing disorders by identifying through QEEG (Quantitative EEG) the areas of the brain that aren’t balanced or connecting properly. By improving balance, flexibility and communication in the areas of the brain responsible for processing, symptoms, learning and functioning improves. Very often, after restoring functioning in the brain, a program to strengthen the client’s particular processing deficit may be recommended as a follow up. At the Brain and Wellness Center, we have witnessed clients experiencing great improvements and resolution in processing.

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