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Addressing your child’s processing funnel

The processing funnel

Oftentimes, as parents, our knee jerk reaction may be to address processing related “symptoms” instead of the root issue.

When it comes to processing deficits, it can be important to take a step back and address sensory the issues your child is experiencing and learning to work through.

Understanding sensory sensitivity:

When a child with ASD or Asperger’s is struggling with not only their 5 senses but also the many internal sensations that come along with anxiety and/or depression, they may find themselves placed in type of defense mode.

While in this defense mode, it can be hard to function – your child is focused solely on their self-preservation.

One of the primary reasons that your child may not be managing expectations, social cues and areas related to executive functioning very well (time management, meta cognition, transitions etc.), is because their funnel is plugged up due to external and/or internal stimuli.

How to help:

So, if your child is getting “stuck,” there are a few things you can do to help.

First, try talking to your child about how they feel. Also, removing them from overstimulating environments can be helpful; doing so will help the focus and create awareness with what they are feeling.

Instead of preaching social skills and time management, flip the priority pyramid and work identifying and training the sensory aspect that is impeding your child from making progress.

Doing this and the rest will more easily follow.


The myHana Team

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