Excerpts from “Brain Channels Assessment Tool (BCAT),”
Christine Toledo, OTR & Daniel Copes, MBA

When there is hearing sensitivity, visual deficit and/or sensory integration disorder,
the brain receives, processes, adapts, and responds to its channels with difficulty and is exhibited
through the individual’s behavior, social and learning development.

Our child has been viewed as “
aggressive” until we retraced the root of his behavior.
His school day comprises of being with 18 other kids with varying levels of autism, learning disabilities,
as well as going to Resource integrated classes. End of day finds him and his brother with 10 other
special needs kids, in a small, non noise absorbing, school bus.
When he gets off the bus, he’s pushing his brother off the bus steps .
Initially, this behavior was labeled aggressive until we looked at the events of his day and realized this kid
was having “
sensory overload.”
Some kids with sensory  integration dysfunction may be viewed as "
hyperactive,"
when actually, they are “
sensory seeking,” secondary to the brain's hypo-perception.
Other kids with sensory integration dysfunction may be viewed as “runaways
or  “
asocial, or “nonverbal,” when actually they are “sensory avoiding,” secondary to the brain's hyper-
perception.
Is your child's behavior, social and learning development impacted by the HYPER-, HYPO-, or WHITE NOISE
perception of one or more of the brain channels?
If any of the following
hyper event, hypo event or white noise event in the BCAT describes your child or
someone you know,  call us at The Dan Center.  
Auditory
Vision
Tactile
Proprioceptive
Vestibular
Taste
Olfactory
Kids who have
spelling
difficulties,
inversion and
reversal of certain
letters, spelling
“dog”  as  
“bog,”                    
                        
Seems to look
through you and
environment
Complains of
being itchy all
the time             
   
Compulsively
observes objects’
position in
space     
Head banging    
                          
                          
    
Licks self,
people, objects  
                          
    
Strong reaction
to scent i.e, skin
redness,
irritation,
itchiness
Kids who are
“bored” and “act
out” in
class            
“Spacey” and
withdrawn
look                     
Shivers, like the
wind blew on
them                  
Or when not
looking: stumbles
easily, falls
frequently, drops
things from hand
Strong  reaction
to forward or
backward
motions of a car
or train
(vomiting,
excessive
crying)
Chews on
tongue, inside
of cheek,            
       
Fans face all
the time
Decreased
attention span       
               
Stares at hand
movements    
Twitching of
body, arms, and
legs like they’re
itchy
Bumps into
doors, counters,
and people          
          
Fear of swings
and slides on
playground        
   
Chews on straw,
cup, water
bottle opening   
   
Blows on
cupped hands    
                           
  
Inability to focus   
       
Stares at
spinning, twirling
objects, i.e.
ceiling fans
Scratches skin
until it bleeds   
Steps on your
feet                      
                          
Cannot sit still    
                          
                          
    
Picky eater
Presses hands or
fingers on nose
and smells
repetitively  
Incorrectly follows
one-step, two-step
directions
Stares or watches
intently at people
at things            
Picks on scab
until blood
shows                 
      
Poor awareness
of own muscle
force:       
“nervous  
vibrating
legs”                  
                         
Will only eat
bland foods        
                  
Stands inches
away from your
face             
Needs repetition
of instructions
frequently              
                  
Does not visually
track moving
objects    
Touches self,
body parts,
repetitively         
      
Unable to flip or
twist open juice
container         
“teeth grinding”
Will only eat
spicy foods         
                
Sniffs at your
face or body.      
                         
Word
mispronounciation
“funder” for
“thunder”   
Will not look at
camera during
picture taking        
 
Touches others
unnecessarily     
                      
Holds a pencil or
paper too tightly
resulting in
broken pencils or
crumpled
homework             
        
Jumping on
trampoline for
inordinate
period of time
Prefers mushy
foods                  
                     
Constantly rubs
nose
Auditory
Vision
Tactile
Proprioceptive
Vestibular
Taste
Olfactory
Word confusion,
“shoe” for
“chew”                  
                          
Will not start or
maintain eye
contact when
name is called or
in conversation     
                  
Tugs at/or
drapes arms,
legs, body to
caregiver
Uses one hand to
support body on
a table instead of
using both hands
to perform task
effectively         
Rocking head
and/or body
back and forth    
                          
       
Prefers crunchy
foods                  
                   
 
Easily distracted
by random sounds
                             
                             
        
Uses peripheral
vision to focus       
                         
Bites self and
others for no
apparent reason
                          
               
Leaves room,
cars messy,
discards garbage
everywhere due
to organizational
problems      
Flaps their
hands and roll
their head from
side to side
Gags easily        
                          
                   
 
Interrupts or acts
before speaker is
done                     
 
Overreaction to
minimal visual
stimuli                   
   
Dislikes being
touched,
hugged              
      
Exhibits stiff,
incoordinated
movement while
walking or during
gym activities  
     
Places hands over
ears  
Focuses on
minute detail
such as a particle
of dust   
Dislikes
handshakes,
prefers waving    
            
Exhibits
noticeable
weight shifting
from side to side
while walking.
     
Bolts away from
room/or away
from people
Asks “where” even
though object is
in sight             
Washes hands
after each
handshake or
finger painting
activity          
Assumes twisted
odd position with
extremities.
     
Sits alone when
in a group, away
from noise             
         
Hypersensitive
and/or
overreaction to
light               
Uses fingers
instead of hands
to hold objects
Perceived as
lazy,
disorganized, or
clumsy                 
      
     
Rarely responds or
turns when name
is called
Only sleeps when
light is on              
                        
Dislikes taking a
shower,
brushing teeth,
washing face      
 
       
Does not turn
towards source of
sound                    
                         
Squints one or
both eyes at
objects                  
          
Dislikes scratchy
tight clothes
       
Seems to tune out
the world               
                             
              
Exceptional
recall with
numbers                
           
Runs hands and
fingers on edges
of  furniture       
       
Clicks tongue
when nervous     
Rifles through
phone books          
                             
Mood changes
with
temperature
changes        
       
Smacks lips
incessantly            
                   
Prefers to eat
single colored
foods only.            
        
Runs hands and
fingers on edges
of  furniture,       
    
       
Humming,
murmuring,
or talking to self
Falls when two
different color
rugs come
together
Sticks tongue in
and out
repetitively
       
Tears newspapers,
magazine inserts
           
Likes to hear
himself talk,
           
Likes to hear
water running in
bathroom
           
Exhibits startle
response after
sudden sounds     
           
Sensory Checklist
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