Sensory Processing Difficulties 10 things you need to know
by Jenny McLaughlan
There are so many more things than just ten that you need to know about SPD, but here are ten we feel are really important and some links to more in-depth reading.
Sensory processing difficulties are a real thing! It may not always be a recognised diagnosis but it is a real thing and the right help and support can make a massive difference.
We have 8 senses which affect our sensory system, not 5 as we are taught when we are children – learn morehere.
Anyone can have SPD, and although it is more common in autistic people you don’t have to be autistic to have SPD.
Not everyone is a sensory seeker, you can be over or under-sensitive or even a combination of both. Learn morehere.
SPD is not a behavioural issue, it is a result of wrong messages being sent from the senses to the brain which then forms inappropriate or untypical responses.
It IS a big deal, so acknowledge and understand it. People who don’t understand SPD may view someone as ‘overreacting’ or simply encourage the person with SPD to ‘get on with it’, but for the person experiencing SPD it is very real and can be extremely upsetting.
There are lots of strategies you can use to help, but first, you need to understand your sensory challenges, then you can find and apply appropriate strategies to enable you to manage and cope better in certain situations
People with SPD are not unintelligent. Nothing is worse than being treated that way. Social reactions do not equate to intelligence.
You do not ‘grow out of’ sensory processing difficulties but you can learn to manage your difficulties and put strategies in place to help.
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