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 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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Discovering the Moon –the atypical brain


When I was eleven years old,living in Albuquerque,NM,I witnessed a total eclipse of the moon. Let me preface this by saying,the sky in New Mexico is different than anywhere else I’ve been. There is something that goes beyond its cluster of fine qualities;more than just being bluer,having more stars,and a richer palate from which to color its sunsets. It is a sky that inspires art. Nowhere,in my opinion,is there a more perfect place for viewing the moon.

The eclipse occurred just after the full moon rose above the horizon in the

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Tyler Cowen – The Autistic Cognitive Profile


The podcast The Marketplace of Ideas is a very reliable source for innovative thinking. About every fourth show the host,Colin Marshall,interviews someone who shines light in a dark corner,or on something ordinary that yields exciting new information.

In 2009 (08/06/09 to be exact) on the Marketplace of Ideas podcast,Colin Marshall conducted a conversation with Tyler Cowen,professor of economics at George Mason University and founding blogger of Marginal Revolution. They discussed Cowen’s book Create Your Own Economy:The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World.

I have not read Cowen’s book,so I cannot recommend

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Years ago,the first time I heard about my bizarre sensory symptoms was in something I read about autism. I immediately wondered if I was autistic.

But autism includes:

Difficulty communicating A lack of ability to read social cues Poor eye contact

I communicate just fine when I’m not in a situation that taxes my senses.

I am very sensitive (possibly too sensitive) to social cues.I do feel eye contact to be very intense and I have difficulty maintaining it when I am over-stimulated. But if I am in a situation where communication is required,I naturally seek and


Random Design Flaws?


Symptoms like motion sickness and no sense of direction sound like random design flaws. However,in the context of Sensory Processing Disorder,they fit like pieces in a cognitive puzzle.