Around 30 children with autism and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) were given an opportunity to plant saplings on the occasion. The children were assisted by 15 neurotypical children to create awareness on inclusion of such children in society, stated a press release.
The event was attended by H E Dr Fuad bin Ja’afar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and a number of medical professionals.
SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes through the sensory organs. It is also referred to as Sensory Integration Disorder. People with SPD are oversensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming, the light touch of a shirt may be distressing, they may be incoordinated, bump into things, or hard to engage in conversation or play, and may have poor eye contact to name a few symptoms.
This state of sensory imbalance within the body and mind disrupts behaviour and in turn affects functional abilities like the communication, social skills and academics of the individual. Sensory processing problems are usually identified in children, but can also affect adults. Sensory processing problems are commonly seen in developmental conditions like autism spectrum disorder.
Though autism may involve SPD, every SPD case may not have autism. H E Dr Sajwani emphasised that there is a need to sensitise the community to this disorder. The event was organised with the support of Muscat Municipality.