Every website,every discussion,every interview about Sensory Processing Disorder is an opportunity to answer the question for someone,somewhere,who has been wondering all their life,“What’s wrong with me?”


Mother of the Bright Star –Movie for a Highly Sensitive Adult

Bright Star


I watched a lovely movie last night,Bright Star, the story of Fanny Brawne’s love affair with the poet John Keats. More than a historical romance,this was a work of visual and emotional art that celebrated deep immersion in the sensory world.

I give this movie my highest rating – 5 stars. It’s not a rating I give lightly;there are only a handful of movies that ever earned it.

As a sensory defensive adult,movies are more likely to offend my senses than to delight them.

I cannot bear the physical torture of sizzling my synapses with dizzying,

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Stimming with Cockroach on Freeway

Cockroach on the Freeway!


I caught motion in my peripheral vision – driver’s side window. It was over an inch and a half long,reddish brown. It was in the car with me as I drove 65 mph in the middle of six lanes of freeway traffic.

But first…

I was driving home from my weekly writer’s critique group. Why were so many other drivers on the Katy freeway? It was after 9 pm. Don’t these people have a life? It had been a long day;I was whipped. But it didn’t keep me from thinking of a question I heard on the Sensory

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New technology for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

Q-Sensor for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?


Marketers and scientists love to measure arousal.

Arousal – whether Lizzy is alerted or sleeping through a specific environmental cue is a key component of Sensory Processing Disorder.

In the olden days researchers corralled subjects into laboratories and attached electrodes to their bodies. They introduced potentially interesting objects or situations and then watched as pens drew colored spikes onto mile-long rolls of graph paper.

Measuring arousal is big business. Over the years equipment has become sleek and specialized. No longer confined to a laboratory,the research subject wears a wireless biosensor attached to an elastic wristband,and carries on unencumbered

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Sensory Processing Disorder verses Autism


What is the difference between Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?

People with SPD &ASD exhibit difficulties with high-level tasks involving the integration of different brain areas.

Specifically,both disorders result from transmission glitches in the long distance neural pathways that connect different brain areas. Excellent connections result in smooth perceptions and responses. Less than optimal connections result in clog ups of input and/or output.

In SPD these altered perceptions and responses are related to sensory information from the environment –internal and external. The defining characteristics of ASD (autism) are altered perceptions and responses related

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Sensory Processing,Arousal &Rumsfeld


When anything moves in the backyard,Rumsfeld,the 75-pound poodle,leaps to attention. His DNA was programmed over eons to be ready at any moment to eat,defend against or have sex with anything that moves.

In Rumsfeld’s canine world,motion equals novelty. Novelty creates “arousal,” a power surge in the nervous system. His body readies to engage this new opportunity –or crisis.

He focuses his attention and makes one of several choices…

Squirrel – chase it! Neighbor’s cat – chase it! Watson – approach. He may want to play. Yard Man –duck and cover. Dude growls like

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Lost 2 –Dead Reckoning


Orienting ourselves in space is one of the most complex activities our brains perform. It relies on a myriad of cognitive functions. Different individuals rely on different mechanisms to perform this challenging feat,everything from observation and memorization to intuition. If you have no “intuition” for it,you must rely on complex cognitive functions to create maps in your mind. For the sensational,it can be quite a challenge.

It is the “intuition” that I find most interesting. “A sense of direction” is the primitive orientation mechanism known as “dead reckoning.” Some people have it and some don’t. And science

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