April 24, 2023

Sensory or Behavior? Understanding the Difference and Similarities Between Sensory and Behavior

Laura Gencarella Speech Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Laura Gencarella
Owner, Speaking Sensory LLC

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It can be difficult to determine if a child’s behavior is caused by sensory processing issues or something else. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) affects how the brain takes in and responds to information from the senses, leading to difficulties with concentration, coordination and communication. On the other hand, behavioral challenges are often due to environmental factors such as a lack of structure or positive reinforcement. To help parents better understand their children’s behaviors, it’s important to differentiate between sensory-based and behavior-related responses. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between these two types of responses so that families can provide effective support for their loved ones.

Sensory-based responses are behaviors that stem from a sensory processing issue. For example, if a child is overstimulated by noise, they may cover their ears in an attempt to block out the sound. This type of behavior is due to the brain interpreting or responding differently to certain stimuli. While these responses are automatic, they can still be managed with appropriate intervention.

Behavior-related responses are caused by environmental factors such as changes in routine or rewards and punishments used as motivators. These types of responses are more likely to change over time since they are learned behaviors that can be shaped through modeling and reinforcement strategies.

When it comes to understanding why your child is behaving in a certain way, it’s important to consider both sensory-based and behavior-related responses. In either case, it’s important to remember that your child is doing the best they can given the circumstances. With patience, understanding, and appropriate intervention strategies, you can help your child better manage their behaviors.

If you suspect your child may be dealing with sensory processing issues, it’s important to seek professional help. A doctor or occupational therapist can evaluate your child and suggest treatments that are tailored to their needs. With the right support, your child can learn how to manage their responses and lead a more fulfilling life.

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