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date: 05 March 2021

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This chapter explores the influence of sensory processing disorder on mental health in infants and young children. A bidirectional and interconnected framework is proposed for understanding the interplay between sensory processing and affect expression, across a wide range of emotions, within a caring relationship. Sensory processing disorder is defined and described. Current research on sensory processing disorder is summarized and evaluation tools are reviewed. A clinical method is proposed for screening for sensory processing and affect difficulties during mental health evaluations of young children. Finally, future directions for research and treatment are suggested.

Keywords: sensory processing disorder, SPD, sensory processing, sensory integration, affect, emotion, child development, caregiver and child relationship, assessment

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