How to Assess Sensory Integration Disorder

In order to detect a sensory integration disorder, one has to make a diagnosis. It is possible for the parents and teachers to identify the symptoms of disorders.

A single symptom is not necessarily the indication for such a diagnosis, but if more symptoms are present, it can be a clear clue and the child should be fully diagnosed in terms of sensory integration disorder.

Symptoms of disorders:

  • Muscle tone disorders (frequently too low tone),
  • Quick fatigue,
  • Motor clumsiness,
  • Poor sight and movement coordination,
  • Walking on tip-toes,
  • Balance disorders,
  • Poor feeling of pain or temperature,
  • Problems with manipulation, using cutlery or scissors,
  • Improper grip on pencils or pens,
  • Difficulties with learning how to read or write,
  • Difficulties with concentration,
  • Avoiding group play,
  • Remarkably high or low level of activity,
  • Self-harm or aggression,
  • Low self-esteem, withdrawal attitude,
  • Withdrawal from social contacts,
  • Difficulties with hearing the instructions,
  • Problems with learning how to ride a bicycle,
  • Avoiding playing on the swing and merry-go-round or excessive zeal for such plays,
  • Hypersensitivity to light,
  • Fascination with lights, fans and water,
  • Hypersensitivity to sounds,
  • Avoiding physical contact with people and some “textures,” such as sand, paste, finger paints,
  • Child may respond strongly to stimuli on their face, hands and feet,
  • Difficulties with tasting new dishes,
  • Difficulties with putting on new clothes, tags clothes on annoy the child,
  • Speech disorders,
  • Strong aversion to some caring activities, such as brushing teeth, washing face, combing, cutting nails or hair,
  • Child can refuse to wear certain clothes or insist on wearing long sleeves/trouser legs so that the skin would not be exposed to stimuli.