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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Adults with SPD are at high risk of developing stress-related disorders like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain

Adults with SPD are at high risk of developing stress-related disorders

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Even I was surprised by the ending of this video.

It’s one thing to list symptoms and complaints in your head day after day;it’s quite another to see yourself in real time.

In her book Too Loud,Too Bright,Too Fast,Too Tight Sharon Heller,PhD said,“By adulthood the body of the sensory defensive is torn apart from stress-related health problems.”

It is not my intention to freak anybody out. Not every day is like this. I have good days. Yesterday was a good day. I was out in lovely fall weather with Watson buying wedding clothes

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Understanding the Occupational Therapy Needs of Adults with Sensory Processing Disorder

Adult with Sensory Processing Disorder

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SPD does not magically disappear with childhood. Problems with sensory processing are commonly found in adults.

The American Occupational Therapy Association published an article in the June 6th,2011 edition of the journal “OT Practice” that summarized the results of dozens of studies confirming reality for adults who live with SPD.  [Open PDF in separate window]

Although we adults often develop coping strategies,Sensory Processing Disorder may continue to impact aspects of our lives,from how we spend our leisure and social time to our career choices and our ability to have romantic relationships.

Informing Health Workers and Policy Makers

Most of the world

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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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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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Yes! Adults can be Over-Responsive to Sound in the Grocery Store

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Before I learned I was an adult with Sensory Processing Disorder,specifically hypersensitivity (or sensory defensiveness) I had no idea how over-responsive I was to sound.

Screaming children weren’t the only thing I hated about the supermarket. All in all,food shopping topped my list of dreaded activities. I’d rather have my liver biopsied – at least they give you drugs for that.

“You spoiled brat,” The voice of reason interjected. “Do you realize the majority of the world would trade a kidney for unfettered access to abundant food?”

Yes,I realized that. And feeling bad about myself did not make grocery

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Sensory Defensive Nail Trimming –an Adventure in Motherhood

Nail Filing Image

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It is for the moms of young SPD children that I write about nail trimming. To anyone who would judge me for writing about such a ridiculously trite topic,I ask,“What the hell are you doing on my blog,anyway?”

So,Moms,let me bestow upon you 50 years of high-sensitivity nail trimming experience.

I work with my hands:I draw,type,sew,catch Frisbees,garden –things I cannot do comfortably or efficiently with long nails. When the nails get to a length where they interfere with my daily activities,or (more accurately) when they bother me unrelentingly,

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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

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

Bright Star

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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,flashing,

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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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