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Sensory processing disorder: Why it's not just the diagnosis du jour for kids

Every classroom has one: the kid who bangs against things incessantly, won’t make eye contact and acts up whenever the school bell sounds. He or she may be autistic or in need of Ritalin. But there’s a chance such children are simply overwhelmed by their own senses.

According to Roya Ostovar, a neuropsychologist at Harvard Medical School, some children have problems receiving and organizing sensory input from the environment. Known as sensory processing disorder, the condition involves the visual, tactile, oral, auditory and olfactory senses, as well as the senses used to balance and locate oneself in space.

Read more here: Sensory processing disorder: Why it’s not just the diagnosis du jour for kids – The Globe and Mail.

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