Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition that occurs when the brain struggles to appropriately receive and respond to information that is transmitted through the senses. When individuals have SPD, their nervous systems do not appropriately correlate information that is received from their senses and turn it into actions and behaviors. The symptoms of SPD vary greatly from person to person in type and severity, but all will have a negative impact on the lives of those suffering from the condition. Some individuals may be overly sensitive to certain textures, causing them to be limited in the types of clothing that they can wear or the types of food that they can eat. Other individuals may be incapable of sensing touch, meaning that they are not able to differentiate between hot and cold and may not even be able to feel pain. While the symptoms of sensory processing disorder can be highly distressing, there is help available.
StoneCrest Center is a 124-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. With a vision to remain an ever-improving care center, we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. With proper therapeutic interventions, individuals who are struggling with sensory processing disorder can develop the tools needed to manage their symptoms, set and achieve goals, and lead a full and productive life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child who is suffering from sensory processing disorder can be both heartbreaking and frustrating. You may not understand why your child turns away from you when you go to embrace him or her. You may not understand why he or she refuses to eat certain foods or wear certain materials of clothing. You may experience increasing levels of fear and concern because your child cannot differentiate between hot and cold, or may not be able to feel pain, and you are terrified as to what detrimental effects that will have on him or her should he or she come in contact with something that can cause severe damage. All of your fears, frustrations, and concerns are completely understandable. Having a loved one who has SPD can be extremely troubling, but there are some things that you can do in order to help him or her maintain the highest quality of life possible:
- Educate yourself about sensory processing disorder. The more knowledge and information you have, the better equipped you will be in helping your child manage his or her symptoms.
- Speak openly with your primary care physician. Keeping an open dialogue will help you stay on top of your child’s symptoms and be able to determine when a new concern arises.
- Seek out help from a mental health professional who specializes in treating sensory processing disorder symptoms. Professional referrals can be obtained from your primary care doctor.
- Research treatment options that may be of the most benefit to your child.
- Find and join support groups for parents with children who have SPD. The added support and encouragement will help you remain optimistic about your child’s future.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center
Due to the fact that the symptoms of sensory processing disorder vary so greatly in type and severity, receiving specialized treatment through an inpatient treatment program can be one of the most beneficial ways for beginning the healing process. The various symptoms of SPD can be addressed through a variety of different therapeutic interventions, all of which can be determined and then implemented while in an inpatient program. These programs allow individuals to have the opportunity to be removed from their normal, everyday lives and be placed in a safe environment where they can confront their symptoms while surrounded by medical and mental health professionals. Through individualized treatment plans tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs, patients can develop the skills they need to achieve the highest level of functioning possible.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering superior individualized care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one that is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions, providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.
Types of Treatment Offered at StoneCrest Center
The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate during his or her stay. These therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:
Medication management: The implementation of certain medication may be used when treating a sensory processing disorder if there are symptoms of a co-occurring disorder present. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis. For our MIDD program, group therapy is more skill-training based, but also includes nursing groups and psychoeducational groups.
Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process, and family therapy is held at least once during a patient’s stay. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.
Depending on the specific needs of each patient, additional methods of treatment may be used, including:
- Expressive arts
- Therapeutic recreation
- Sensory room interventions spent one-on-one with a therapist
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker to facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.