Processing Disorders


Many children suffer from processing disorders in Chapel Hill without ever having been given a diagnosis of such. Processing disorders can stand alone but often they co-occur with other child development disorders such as ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Asperger’s Syndrome. Processing disorders result from weakened sensory areas within the brain that do not allow for effective use of information gained from the senses. If your child’s brain cannot properly process the auditory, visual, and sensory information it receives, he or she will have difficulty learning and will fail to thrive in an academic setting. Often this leads to low self-esteem, poor social relationships and sometimes withdrawal. At Chapel Hill Brain Centre we successfully help children with sensory processing disorder, auditory processing and visual processing disorders.

Types of Processing Disorders:

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), or sensory integration dysfunction, has become more prevalent and can cause big issues for kids and families. It is in fact a disorder of Neurological regulation. The sensorimotor areas do not properly utilize information that is coming into the brain and due to weakness of these areas and poor communication between related brain areas children have hyper- (too big) or hypo- (too small) responses to the sensory input. If your child has difficulty with touch, or touches people a lot, likes or dislikes different textures, foods, or smells, has small or large reactions to pain, or adversity to light, s/he is suffering from a sensory processing disorder.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), or central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is seen when a child has the inability to process, interpret, and retain what he hears. Understanding speech in noisy environments becomes almost impossible, similar speech sounds become mixed up, kids fail to follow directions and misunderstand verbal instruction in the classroom. Difficulty completing tasks at home and at school results causing anguish for kids who are trying to be successful.

Visual Processing Disorder (VPD) is a manifestation of the brain’s inability to process and interpret what the eyes see. If your child struggles to differentiate between size, shape, and color of objects, confuses written symbols like those used in calculations, misjudges distance, and experiences poor spatial awareness he is suffering from a visual processing disorder. Many times the visuo-spatial deficiencies results in frequent falls or bumping into objects even though the child’s eyes test to be fine.

Solutions in the Brain for Processing Disorders – Neurological Regulation

Neurological Dysregulation occurs when an area or areas of the brain are weakened and not able to perform the job properly. If that dysregulation occurs in the sensorimotor strip, children suffer from Sensory Processing Disorders. The culprit in Auditory Processing Disorder is the auditory cortex of the brain and likewise the visual processing centers are at fault in visual processing disorders. When the affected area of the brain is regulated to work efficiently, the responsibilities of that area become strengthened and symptoms are alleviated.

Our drug-free, state-of-the-art approach at Chapel Hill Brain Centre regulates the neurological patterns within the brain thus improving your child’s ability to integrate sensory input allowing them to interact with their environment in a positive engaging way improving their quality of life