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?”


Sensory Defensive Nervous System –drawing

Comparing Sensory Defensive Drawing

I created a drawing that illustrates how a person with a “sensory defensive” nervous system may react differently to ordinary stimuli than a person with a “normal”nervous system.

Feel free to print it. Sometimes we need a drawing to explain to others what it’s like.

Click here to open the printable PDF

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6 comments to Sensory Defensive Nervous System –drawing

  • Yasmin Farria

    Hi Sensorina,
    I just wanted to thank you for creating this drawing. My son is 11 years old and uses it frequently to show me the different levels on your drawing to explain where he is on certain stages during the day ( in school it gets into the red area). The drawing also helped my mom and my husband,who have difficulties understanding SPD on how it feels to live with it. Thank you so much,it is an excellent tool.
    Take care
    Yasmin Farria

    • Lane

      Hi Yasmin,
      Thank you for the comment. I am so glad the drawing helped. I needed it not only to explain my feelings and behavior to my family and friends but to help me understand myself. Sometimes trying to explain just takes too many words:)

  • Love the cartoon,it’s a great visual aid. I posted it on my blog about ADD/ADHD and SPD coping positively tips and tricks. It is most difficult to deal with the need to have to organize/control my home environment and ADD which makes organizing a giant challenge:)

  • Dear Sensorina,
    The drawing is great,it is like something else I have for my son who has SID and I wish more people in his life could look at this and the light go on.
    I have a website:MyKidNSid where I share some of the experiences and tactics we try or use to get through our day or situations.

    I would love to be able to carry/post your diagram on my site and a link back to your website.

    Kind regards,

  • alisa

    Hi Lane
    I have really benefitted from exploring your website. I work with adults with asperger syndrome in the UK,predominantly supporting individuals with sensory processing difficulties. Would it be ok to share your sensory defensive nervous system drawing with clients and colleagues i work with?

    • Lane

      Hi Alisa,
      Thanks for your interest. You may direct your coworkers here to the website. There is a PDF of the drawing that anyone may print with my blessings. All I ask is that you do not alter the drawing,including but not limited to removing the copyright information. I am so glad you find my drawing useful. Good luck to you and your coworkers.

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