Dealing with kids' sensory disorders - Daytona Beach News Journal Adults generally have learned how to cope with constant sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches, but children -- especially those with developmental delays or conditions such as autism or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) -- may be discomforted by the overwhelming stimulus. We adults know textures that we may not like to touch, foods that disagree with us and sounds and smells that are unpleasant. Every now and then, we experience sensory input that is disturbing, forcing us to cope with this experience. However, children are just beginning to process the stimuli around them. For some with sensory integration problems, this can be complicated. Dorothy Lefford, occupational therapist and clinical director of pediatric therapy at Easter Seals, offers the following about the different groups of sensory disorders and some compensatory techniques that can help children with these issues feel and do better.