Sensory Processing Disorder

What It Is

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a diagnosis that explains how a person's nervous system receives information. SPD affects all areas of the nervous system: olfactory, visual, auditory, gustatory, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive and interoceptive. Because of the constant amount of and changes in information received by the nervous system and because activity takes place mainly around the brainstem, those who have been diagnosed with SPD tend to be in a constant primitive state: fighting, fleeing or freezing, when presented with sensory stimuli.

For tips on how to live with SPD, see Tips & Tricks and Supplements & Snacks.


Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight 

by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.

The Out-of-Sync Child

by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

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