Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 61–70 | Cite as

The Relevance of Sensory Processing Disorder to Social Work Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Katherine M. Walbam


Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a disruption in the organization of sensory input, and affects up to three million children in the United States. SPD can have a serious impact on the ways that children behave, play, and learn, and yet, it may be overlooked or misunderstood by social work practitioners. The purpose of this article is to inform social work practice regarding SPD, strengthening the biological component of biopsychosocial assessment. After an introduction to the disorder, this article discusses differential diagnosis and practice implications, and concludes with a statement on interdisciplinary treatment.


Sensory processing disorder Social work Children Interdisciplinary Differential diagnosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simmons CollegeBostonUSA

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