Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that prevents the brain’s ability to integrate information received from the body’s sensory system. Sensory Processing Disorder is often seen in people on the autistic spectrum as well as people with mental illness. People with the disorder tend to react more extreme than normal. The disorder ranges from barely noticeable to having an impaired effect on daily functioning.
There are so many symptoms for Sensory Processing Disorder so I’ve decided to list a few of the common symptoms in late teenage years and adulthood:
- Atypical eating and sleeping habits
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Very high or very low energy levels throughout the day but more active at night
- Very resistant to change in life and surrounding environments
- heightened senses (sensitive to sounds, touch, taste, sight and smell)
- very high or very low energy levels
- Lethargic or severely tired most of the day
- Motor skill problems – unexplained injuries and bruises with no recollection of how or when they occurred
- Difficulty concentrating and staying focused – often in ‘own world’ or ‘glazed off’
- Constant use of neurotic behaviours – swinging, rocking, bouncing, rubbing skin
- repetitive and stimulating behaviours
- Can appear self destructive (such as head banging, pinching, biting)
- doesn’t notice dangers (such as walking in the road) or recognize pain
- easily overwhelmed, frustrated, emotional and very tearful
- clenching of extremities (hands and feet)
- Sensitive to certain fabrics or textures
- Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults.
- At least one in twenty people in the general population may be affected by SPD.
- In children who are gifted and those with ADHD, Autism, and mental health problems, the prevalence of SPD is much higher than in the general population.
- Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children who are typically developing.
- Sensory Processing Disorder has unique sensory symptoms that are not explained by other known disorders.
- Heredity may be one cause of the disorder.
- Laboratory studies suggest that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are not functioning typically in children with SPD.
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