Overstimulation of the sense of sight

When your child has a sensory processing disorder, also known as SPD, it is important to find out which senses exactly may cause him or her problems. Many children suffer from an overstimulation of the sense of sight. They can be irritated or even led to increasing frustration and anger, by the most innocuous phenomena, such as colours or light.

What can affect your child?

We use sight to see and observe. But we rarely think about the aspects of sight. The things we see every day come in many categories: colours, shapes, light, movement, and so on. Your child may have difficulty processing all the above, but he or she can also have trouble only in one area.

Now, overstimulation means that your child will overreact to certain stimuli. Let us give you an example: If you’re watching TV and there is a fly flying in front of it, you are able to tune it out and pay attention. But your child may be so overcome by the different kinds of movement in their area of vision – the TV and the fly – that she will not only be unable to concentrate on watching the telly. She will get stressed out.

How to help?

Find out which area of sight disturbs your child. Then try to minimize the unpleasant effects at least at home. If you can arrange to adapt the classroom to your child’s needs, be sure to do it. It is important that the learning environment at school is distraction-free so that your child can benefit from the lessons without undue stress.