Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

Dr. Kennedy
Sensory Integration Dysfunction, abbreviated SID, is a proposed (theoretical) explanation for the behaviors observed in some children which are described as “sensory seeking,” “sensory avoiding,” or as “patterns of dyspraxia.” The theory goes that these children somehow do not experience that sensory information is coming in to their perceptual centers and therefore they feel deprived of sensation. Therefore the behavior of hyperactivity is explained as seeking movement input. They are said to be unawareness of touch or pain, and therefore touch others too often or too hard which may seem aggressive. In a similar manner they are said to engage in unsafe behaviors, such as climbing too high and enjoying sounds that are too loud.

Other children are said to have the opposite disorder, they feel sensation too easily or too intensively. They are overly responsive to sensation. As a result, they have “sensory defensiveness.” Some behaviors that can be observed are: responding to being touched with aggression or withdrawal, fear, motion sickness, being overly cautious, being sensitive to loud noises, and being picky eaters.

Those who are considered dyspraxic are clumsy and awkward. They have particular problems with new motor skills and activities. Some behaviors that can be observed are: poor handwriting and poor athletic skills.

The mainstream treatment for SID is quite physical. It involves swinging, spinning, tactile, visual, auditory and taste opportunities. Treatment is carried out in specialized centers which employ occupational therapists to carry out the programs on the idea that being a kid is an “occupation.” (There is an odd thought.)

All this stikes me as another name for hyperactivity and hypersensitivity with new and expensive treatments, a road leading to nowhere. I cannot conceive that Nature made human beings to have disordered central nervous systems popping up out of the population with no particular cause. From a nutritional point of view I consider these disorders syndromes associated with malnutrition and toxicities. Malnutrition in the opulent West occurs on two levels: (1) diet and (2) disordered digestive functions. The types of junk foods we commonly allow our children to consume along with toxic exposures, especially to mercury, commonly lead to disordered digestive functions. When that has happened reverting to a good diet does not relieve the associated syndrome because the digestive tract can no longer properly process and absorb food. You could begin to understand what I am talking about by reading this article and all the articles hyperlinked to within this article:

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