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?”

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Organization or Obsession?

Visual System using PostIts

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What happens when a person is unable to adequately filter or sort sensory information from her environment?

She spends a lot of time feeling threatened.

Not emotionally threatened but physically threatened. Her body reacts to sensory input. She can tell herself,“You’re fine,relax.” Other people can tell her. But all the emotional soothing in the world can’t change the fact that,when she is in a sensory intense environment,stress hormones are being released into her bloodstream and her central nervous system is reacting. She is growing increasingly more uncomfortable and if she doesn’t control her exposure she is

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Sensory Modulation Disorder and Depression? Move It! Move It! Move It!

Sensory Modulation - Exhaustion or Depression

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“In 1979, I needed to learn more than biology or chemistry or how to deconstruct literature. I needed to learn how to navigate my life as an adult with a sensory modulation and sensory motor disorder.” –Lane

“Can you take me to a doctor?” I said into the brown plastic hand piece of my princess phone. “I’m losing my mind.”

I set the receiver into the base as gently as I could. If I wasn’t careful the ringer made a startled sound,like I had hurt it.

I sat on the sofa too weak and demoralized to do anything but

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Coming Soon! The Sensory-Friendly Section of your Favorite Restaurant

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It feels like we sensory defensive adults only have two options:deal with the crazy overwhelming world the way it is or keep a safe distance away.

Imagine there was a restaurant in your neighborhood that had a special spot for sensitive people,a section of the restaurant out of the main traffic area. Imagine it had natural lighting and excellent acoustics. There would be a button on the table you could press when you wanted service. When you didn’t have your service button pressed the wait staff would leave you alone. There would be noise rules for this little section

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If Sensory Processing Disorder had been in the DSM

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Had Sensory Processing Disorder been in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual my life would have changed when I left home to go to college. There,my first act of total independence was to go to the psychology building at the university and ask for help.

“Can you please tell me what’s wrong with me?” I asked the head of the department.

Growing up,I was “a problem.” I didn’t fall asleep or wake up like I was supposed to. Fancy clothes made me itch and complain. I did my best to avoid group activities. In school,I couldn’t keep my

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Sensory Defensive Nervous System –drawing

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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

Stimming with Cockroach on Freeway

Cockroach on the Freeway!

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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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Sensory Processing,Arousal &Rumsfeld

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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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Lane’s Food Sanity Rules

Hungry Lizzy

Rule #4:When homicidal rage blurs your vision,ask,“Could you be hungry?” Watson and I rarely argue. Thirty years of wedded bliss has given us plenty of time to compromise on and respect our differences of preference and opinion. But neither of us is perfect. Sometimes while feeling around in the gray area for compromise,one of us may stumble upon something unbearable.

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Modulation Madness

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Think of what it would be like if every time you wanted to exit the freeway you had to overcome the concrete barrier,crash down the grassy hill,jump the curb and merge with street traffic driving at one third your speed.

My guess is you would just keep driving on the freeway until you ran out of gas.

Sensory modulation is the entrance ramps and acceleration lanes of the normal human brain.

From major life changes to small everyday activities,people with atypical sensory modulation abilities may struggle with transition.

My own personal transition struggles begin

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Meltdown

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It was a perfect storm first thing in the morning.

Gentle rain soothed like a lullaby,gently lapping unconsciousness over my attempt to surface into the day.

Just move, I told myself when I next poked my head above dreamy morning sleep.

The best I could do was fumble for the stereo remote.

Morning Edition broadcast a report from Japan about people enduring hunger,loss and misery.

Still in bed,surrounded by pillows,I rebuilt the structure that was washed away while I slept. It’s a barrier to keep me safe from images;only words are allowed through. I build

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