From Pathfinders for Autism

Sensory Processing Disorder

What is Sensory Processing Disorder? Imagine if you couldn’t focus your eyes on your teacher because everything and everyone in the room catches your attention and your eyes just go there instead.

Every time you tried to write with your pencil, it broke because you pushed too hard. sensory processing disorder

The humming of the lights sounded louder than your teacher’s voice.

People’s whispers sounded like they were yelling.

The tag in the back of your shirt makes you feel as uncomfortable as you would if a spider was crawling on you and you couldn’t get him off.

You wanted to write something down but it took you at least 5 seconds to form each letter. You can see the letter in your head, but your hand will not go in the right direction to write it.

The lights are so bright you have to squint, then you get a pounding headache half way through your first class in school.

Every time someone touches you, it feels like they are rubbing sand paper on your skin.

You could only sit for 15 minutes, then you had to take a run around the building or do 20 jumping jacks so you could sit for another 10 minutes before your muscles felt like they were going to jump out of your skin.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that results from the brain’s inability to integrate certain information received from the body’s basic sensory systems. Sensory processing refers to our ability to take in information through our senses (touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), organize and interpret that information, and make a meaningful response. In addition to those five senses we are all familiar with, we also have proprioception (our body awareness) and our vestibular sense (movement and balance).

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