Sensations: Too Much, Too Confusing, or Not Enough?
Sensory processing challenges appear in a variety of ways...
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s crying with all her might and main,
And she won’t eat her dinner—rice pudding again—
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
A.A. Milne’s poem about miserable Mary Jane used to mystify me. As a child, I knew that not everyone loves rice pudding, but I wondered why she was having a tantrum. Couldn’t she say, “No, thank you,” and then just get over it?
Shopping for Socks With Sensory Processing Disorder
I have to tell you about my shopping trip but first I'll need to explain a few things. My 13-year-old son, Jackson, has Sensory Processing Disorder. His tactile sense tends to work against him more than in his favor most days especially when it relates to clothing. One of the hardest things to find for him is socks. Socks with pesky seams, elastic at the top, too high, too short, too rough, you name it. They just stink before they ever get on his feet. Those of you with tactile sensitive kids will understand my outburst of joy at Target regarding socks.
Making Sense of Your Sensory Onion
Here’s a moderately interesting piece of information: of all the adults I know of who’ve been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, I am the only one who was diagnosed as a child - in 1996, to be exact. In fact, it used to be called Sensory Integration Disorder. That’s right, there was no “P.”
This has left me in a unique position. I've had nearly 20 years to experience my life with SPD fully knowing that I had SPD. (In case you didn't know, this is not common for adults with SPD.)
The Two Days That Renewed Me as an SPD Parent
Last year I attended a two-day event that renewed my fighting spirit like no other. I felt as if I'd been bathed in waters that brought my spirit to life again. There are days in our individual communities when we have to fight such an uphill battle that we forget about our villages. I spent two days surrounded by "my village". Everyone there spoke my language, cried my same tears and celebrated my same victories. We were all fighting the same fight for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
What was the event that inspired and renewed me?
Do You Know What Your Child is Doing in Their OT Sessions?
I'm going to write this with the knowledge that there will be rebuttals from parents and therapists alike. I just wanted to throw that out there. The topic? Parents involvement in their child's Occupational Therapy (OT) sessions or should I say lack of it. As a STAR Institute "trained" parent I'm passionate about this mostly because I know what a difference it made for us and our son Jackson regarding success with his therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I've also been on the other side (not involved in therapy) and have seen the harm it can do.
My SPD Diagnosis Helped Me Understand My Story
In September 2017, we came across an inspiring TED Talk by Jennifer Allison that made us instantaneous fans. Her ability to compose herself in a calm and organized manner while talking about sensory challenges, addiction, and joy struck us with awe. In her TED Talk, Jennifer shares her love for art and she is REALLY talented. About a week later, we had one of her prints hanging above the door of our shared office.
There Were Few Adults with SPD
As STAR Institute therapists for the Adolescent and Adult Treatment Program, we’ve seen so many of our clients take their sensory processing challenges and use them as sensory “superpowers” and develop amazing abilities. These newly repurposed abilities have helped them succeed in work and parenting, become SPD advocates, and so on. Recently, we decided to share our own personal sensory stories.
SPD and Sexuality: An Interview
Can Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and sexuality impact one another? If so, how does this look, especially in terms of relationship?
In the following interview, we explored one young man’s experience as a self-identified gay man and person with SPD.
My Life Path with Sensory Processing
I’m Sarah Norris and you probably know me from the STAR Institute videos on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Recently, we’ve been asking the adult SPD community to share their sensory stories with us so we can create more community and awareness for all. Today, I’m sharing my story of how I’ve chosen this career and how I address sensory challenges in my own life.... (BUT remember to read Carrie's story too!)
The Self-Care Struggle for Special Needs Parents