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The Ultimate Sensory Processing Disorder Quiz
by Staff
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a poorly understood condition that affects thousands of children each year. SPD can greatly impact your child's everyday functioning, everything from eating and getting dressed to socializing with peers and succeeding at school. Take this quiz and learn more about this common, yet misunderstood disorder.

Sensory processing refers to:

  • how well your sensory organs work
  • how your brain receives sensory messages
  • both of the above

Which of the following activities requires sensory processing?

  • riding a bike
  • eating a slice of pizza
  • both of the above

Someone with sensory processing disorder has difficulty:

  • receiving incoming sensory information
  • interpreting or processing sensory information
  • both of the above

What are some difficulties typically experienced by a child with sensory processing disorder?

  • clumsiness and academic difficulties
  • anxiety and depression
  • both of the above

What percentage of children experience symptoms related to sensory processing disorder?

  • 1 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 8 percent

Someone with sensory processing disorder might:

  • over-respond to sensory stimulation
  • under-respond to sensory stimulation
  • both of the above

Children with the under-responsive type of SPD may go misdiagnosed as:

  • depressed
  • hyperactive
  • anxious

What causes sensory processing disorder?

  • birth complications
  • genetics
  • both of the above

Children with SPD may also experience:

  • social isolation
  • low self-esteem
  • both of the above

A child with SPD may be labeled as _________ by teachers:

  • uncooperative
  • disruptive
  • both of the above

Children with SPD typically have:

  • average intelligence
  • above average intelligence
  • either of the above

Children with SPD benefit from:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • tutoring

What is the goal of occupational therapy for a child with SPD?

  • to let a child burn off some energy
  • to teach a child appropriate sensory responses
  • both of the above

A “sensory diet” involves:

  • limiting your child's sensory activities at home
  • encouraging your child's sensory activities at home
  • focusing on one of the senses at home

What is the outcome of occupational therapy for SPD?

  • A child is able to engage in normal age-appropriate activities.
  • A child succeeds academically at school.
  • both of the above