Sherri Gordon. For adults and children, occupational therapy can help reduce sensory sensitivities and therefore lessen overload over time. Take going to a public restroom, for instance. Sensory processing problems are usually identified in children. Treatment outcome is stronger if started young. But they can also affect adults. Medically reviewed by. As a caretaker, look for a therapist who is experienced in dealing with sensory processing issues. Let your child know that you understand his issues are real and that you are working on a concrete plan to help minimize his stress and sensory overload. Signs of Sensory Overload in Children. Medically reviewed by Brian Levine, MD, MS, FACOG on February 05, 2019. But overload is more intense and much harder to deal with for kids with sensory processing issues. Children with vestibular sensory overload have difficulty in walking or running on nonsmooth or uneven surfaces and in changing directions. As adults, we are all familiar with different types of sensory stimuli which can negatively affect our attention, mood, or state of arousal. The first thing you may notice is your child behaving oddly or having temper-tantrums or mood swings for no good reason. Many everyday situations can trigger a response. Depending on your child, one sense, such as touch, might be affected or multiple senses might be over- or under-stimulated, according to the SPD Foundation. Learn about our editorial process. Children with severe sensory issues often feel out of control and seem to be in "fight or flight" mode most of the time. Children's senses might be overloaded when they attend events that include large crowds, noise or bright lights. Individuals with proprioceptive sensory overload hold their bodies in strange positions and have difficulty manipulating small objects. This is usually due to a change in their environment which causes them to shift their behavior and react radically. The noise of the hand dryers, the smell of the bathroom, and the echo of the voices can all be overwhelming and lead to sensory overload in children. Children with sensory defensiveness experience similar reactions described above, which can often lead to sensory overload. How to Cope With Your Child's Sensory Overload By. Sherri Gordon. facebook; twitter; Sherri Gordon is a published author and a bullying prevention expert. The feeling of a mosquito on your back that you just can’t quite reach.