Ok… I know you’re thinking: this is the craziest thing you’re ever read or heard about, but… It’s true! A child suffering problems with touch (tactile sensation)
can show symptoms that appear to be those of ADHD and mistakenly be misdiagnosed and mislabeled as ADHD. How you ask?
Let’s take a couple of moments to review what we’ve discussed in the last three posts about sensory processing disorders (SPD).
SPDs are neurodevelopmental or acquired disorders that can cause a child to have difficulty absorbing, figuring what to do with, and appropriately responding to what his or her senses tell about what’s going on in the environment or within their own body. These disorders can affect taste, hearing, smell, sense of position, hearing, vision, and of course, touch.
How can a child’s or teen’s problem with touch possibly or even remotely be confused with ADHD?
To answer this question, let’s take a look at Dave, a 12 year-old with Tactile Sensory Dysfunction
problem with touch.
Dave was diagnosed as ADHD in the fourth grade and had been on numerous ADHD and psychoactive drugs in the past two years. When ADHD drugs failed to decrease his ADHD symptoms, his doctor… Read the rest