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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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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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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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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New technology for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

Q-Sensor for diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder?

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Marketers 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 drew colored spikes onto mile-long rolls of graph paper.

Measuring arousal is big business. Over the years equipment has become sleek and specialized. No longer confined to a laboratory,the research subject wears a wireless biosensor attached to an elastic wristband,and carries on unencumbered

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Sensory Processing Disorder verses Autism

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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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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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Autism?

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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 maintain

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