TS and Difficulty with Sensory Processing and Integration

Presenter: Lesley Geyer
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Lesley Geyer discussed the variety of sensory processing and integration problems that are typically seen and their impact on behavior and functional motor skills. She went over strategies that are used to treat the symptoms of these sensory difficulties and how to foster more appropriate responses to sensation.


  1. J-H813_ says:

    What medications have you seen the best results for motor tics and mild ADHD in children?

    • Lesley G. says:

      I am really hesitant to answer this since individuals seem to vary so much in terms of their response to meds, and I am not qulaified to prescibe them. As we know, treating tics and ADHD can be really tricky. I highly recommend you consult wiht an MD who has experience treating children with TS

  2. KelleyT says:

    Suggestions for dealing with teachers (and administrators) who just don’t get it — still feel it is behavioral

    • Lesley G says:

      I suggest working with your child’s OT and ask the OT to try to educate the teacher. YOu can also provide the teacher with a copy of The Out of Sync Child to read

  3. KelleyT says:

    Could a child with TS be both over and under responsive depending on the situation or the day?

    • Lesley G says:

      Yes, this can happen depending on arousal levels

  4. KelleyT says:

    what part does motor planning and sensory processing play in learning disabilities…

    • Lesley G says:

      Many children with learning disabilities also have motor planning problems. The motor planning problems can make learning and school tasks difficult (they can impact writing, cutting and other fine an gross motor skills)

  5. KelleyT says:

    As a school nurse I have noted the my students with TS have sensory issues – How can I help my staff understand the need for movement, the kids wearing the same clothes, extra time etc, I get from the staff “okay BUT…”

    • Lesley G says:

      Has the school OT helped you to educate the teachers? A copy of the Out of Sync Child for them to read often helps. Or go on http://www.spdfoundation.net/research.html and print out some information for them to read. I find that if I can find a few teachers who are open to trying strategies that help (movement breaks, etc) once they try these things and see that they work, word gets around and others are more open to trying these.

  6. KelleyT says:

    When a child with TS has a fear of heights — is this related to sensory (such as proprioception and vestibular)? If so, is there a way to help the child with some of these environments? Suggestions?

    • Lesley G says:

      This could be sign of a problem with modulation of vestibular and prop. input, in which case you would want to gradually try to increase comfort with heights. I would also want to be sure there are not problems with balance and equilibrium responses, since these will definitly cause problems with fear of height and movement. Visual perceptual skills should also be assessed.