A really informative and well written post about sensory processing disorder. Many people with ASD will have sensory processing issues on one level or another and so it is a really important area to educate yourself on if you care for an individual who may be experiencing sensory processing disorder.
Originally posted on ADD . . . and-so-much-more:
Too much to process –
too much to THINK through
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Sensory Defensiveness Series – Part 1
“I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause.
OURSELVES, growing older
My father “Brandy” was an amazingly healthy man for most of his 90+ years on earth. His mind stayed sharp right up to the end, but his body grew weary as the years went by — little betrayals and injustices to a man who was once strong and active. His once keen eyesight was the first to fade.
When I was just an undergrad, I remember his telling me that “his arms were no longer long enough.” Now that I am older than the age he was then, I know just what he means: focal length. Presbyopia, they call it.
As the eyes grow older, the cornea becomes less flexible. It can no longer “squeeze down” enough to sharpen close-up focus.
- I don’t think he ever really made friends with his reading glasses, though I’m sure he was grateful for anything that allowed him to continue to read.
- I know I am – although I miss the days when I had the sharpest eyesight of anyone anyone knew, near or far.
- I had no idea how much my cognition was linked to that sharp eyesight, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
As my father grew older, the world became louder – to everyone around him.
His hearing began to fade as well, so everything he listened to was LOUD – television, talk-radio, music – anything, really. Although certainly understandable, it was also certainly annoying to those of us with normal hearing. The volume he could tolerate hurt my ears, sometimes – even through the phone.
Have you ever been around someone with hearing challenges?
- If you have, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
- If you haven’t, go turn on the TV or radio right now — and turn it w-a-y UP.
- NOW try to concentrate on reading this article.
- Give it at least a full minute before you turn it down to the level of background music – and keep reading.
- Whew! That WAS annoying, wasn’t it? How much do you recall of what you read?
Wouldn’t it be awful if, for some reason, you were unable to turn it back down? How long do you think you would be able to tolerate it calmly?