My Sensory Processing issues are never far away. We know that sensory process is the way in which the central nervous system of the body receives messages from the senses of the body and uses that information to act in an appropriate motor or behavioural responses.
As a child, I was aware I struggled with something relating to my senses, but sadly for me, it’s only quite recently that I understand more about what the condition is. Although, some of my sensory issues are documented on the site, I am slowly learning more and more about how those issues present and how my Sensory Processing Disorder has helped me make sense of how I am affected day to day.
I know that I don’t process the sensory stimuli from the outside world and will now group my symptoms into behavioural and physical symptoms. Some of what I deal with may be duplicated because behaviour and physical symptoms tend to be inter-linked.
SPD presents me with the following behavioural symptoms:
- Over-sensitivity to sounds and touch
- Oversensitive to smells
- Notice or hear background noises that others don’t always hear
- Strong preferences to certain types of clothing, including textures
- Over-sensitivity to sounds or visual stimuli
- Problems finding an image in a cluttered background
I also deal with the following physical symptoms of SPD:
- Poor balance
- Problems with line motor control, such as handwriting
- Poor co-ordination
- High tolerance to pain (thought that was just me)
- Strong preferences to certain types of clothing, including textures and fit
- Difficulties following directions
- Poor balance
- Tires easily
- Discomfort climbing or fear of heights
- Learning disabilities
- Withdraw when touched
Since it’s easy for Sensory Processing Disorder, to go un-diagnosed and left untreated for years, the long-term effects of living with SPD can cause significant impairments in our daily lives, not to mention the stress that goes with it. I behave a certain way because I am tied to my sensory issues and that can’t be changed.
Sadly, many healthcare professionals are not trained to recognise the symptoms of the disorder and therefore diagnosis can be delayed for years and may therefore go un-recognised altogether.