Having Sensory Processing Disorder (“SPD”) means I deal with anxiety and fear, fear that can sometimes be irrational, particularly when it comes to illness.
That doesn’t mean I’m irrational it just means my fears are. It’s important we’re given as much time as we need to work through our fears. Anxiety caused by fears seep into our everyday lives.
When it comes to anxiety, it’s important parents recognise the importance of figuring out triggers and why certain issues become triggers. Each child will have different triggers, but it is important they have coping strategies.
Not knowing I had Autism (Asperger’s) as a child, meant I continued to struggle mentally and emotionally, and coupled with bad thoughts, my anxiety and fear was continual. With SPD we need to be prepared for all eventualities.
Having that just knowing feel is soothing and reassuring, fear when not knowing at all. Not knowing increases the severity of a reaction. Children must be ready to anticipate each issue as it presents. With SPD it’s easy for us to get caught out.
Because I have SPD, new circumstances increase my anxiety and that creates irrational fears: irrational fears where I simply fail to cope.