sensory processing

Adult with Sensory Processing Disorder

Understanding the Occupational Therapy Needs of Adults with Sensory Processing Disorder

ShareSPD 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 …

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Visual System using PostIts

Organization or Obsession?

ShareWhat 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 …

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If Sensory Processing Disorder had been in the DSM

ShareHad 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 …

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Cockroach on the Freeway!

Stimming with Cockroach on Freeway

ShareI 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. …

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New technology for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

ShareMarketers 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 …

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Sensory Processing Disorder verses Autism

ShareWhat 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 …

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Sensory Processing, Arousal & Rumsfeld

ShareWhen 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 …

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Autism?

ShareYears 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 …

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