This article first appeared on the author’s blog, Coming to My Senses, and is reprinted with permission. As a delayed-diagnosis sensory adult with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), one of my greatest pleasures is helping newly diagnosed children with the same condition, whether this means championing their parents or explaining sensory issues from the inside. We SPD adults … [Read more...]
Five years ago, I wedged myself into a town car with two fistfuls of luggage and settled into my seat next to my parents. My palms were drenched with sweat, I was unusually clad in comfortable velveteen sleep pants, and I was headed into the middle of New York City rush hour traffic to get to the airport. To take a flight. At night. Overnight. For days leading up to this trip … [Read more...]
[Image description: The photograph shows the author, a white woman with shoulder-length black hair and green eyes. She is looking into the camera with a friendly but serious expression. She is wearing a gray blouse and a necklace with gold, red, pink, and white.] Dear Neurotypicals Who Love or Know Someone with SPD, In honor of Sensory Awareness Month, this … [Read more...]
Picture a scenario: One evening, I’m sitting with a group of friends at the table of a busy restaurant. It's clear that I'm somewhat distracted already; the waiter and busboys are perpetually flanking us on all sides, all too quick to snatch our plates away or refill our glasses. At the table next to us, a set of parents tries to corral their toddlers as they scream, drop … [Read more...]
[Image description: The photograph shows the author, a white woman with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. She is looking into the camera and smiling slightly, with a friendly but serious expression. She is wearing a taupe-colored blouse and a necklace with gold, red, pink, and white.] Dear Friend, I see you at the edge of a swivel chair, frantically taking notes … [Read more...]
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