Do I have a sensory SPD processing disorder?

Sensory processing disorder

The five external senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell as well as the internal vestibular, interoceptive and proprioceptive senses are crucial for the interaction with the environment. When the sensory receptors in the nervous system malfunction, as they theoretically occur in SPD, frequent stimuli such as lights, sounds and textures can be perceived as too bright, too loud or too uncomfortable. Sensory processing problems can also manifest themselves as input-related challenges, leading to sensory-seeking behaviors that make up for little tactile or proprioceptive input.

Is Sensory Processing Disorder a Real Disorder?

Most researchers agree that there are serious sensory challenges, but whether they should be classified as a "disorder" has been disputed. SPD is not included in the ICD-11 or the DSM - rather, sensory issues are included as a possible symptom of autism. However, regardless of the formal diagnosis, treatment is available for serious sensory problems.

Are Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) the same?

Not. Sensory processing sensitivity is a personality trait that describes how sensitive someone is to physical sensations or emotional input. Those who have a high trait are known as highly sensitive people, or HSPs. On the other hand, a sensory processing disorder describes a sensory dysfunction in which the senses cannot adequately process environmental influences.

Can you outgrow the SPD?

Children tend to have more problems with sensory issues than adults, and many children with SPD find that their symptoms wear off or even go away over time. But sensory problems can persist into adulthood - albeit often to a lesser extent - especially for those with comorbid autism.

Why is my child so sensitive to certain sensations or sounds?

He may have a sensory processing disorder, the most common form of which is hypersensitivity to sensations. Hypersensitive children may feel overwhelmed by experiencing multiple sensations at the same time, or become extremely annoyed by uncomfortable sensations (like an itchy label or a loud police siren) that most people would put up with.