Did you know that October is National Sensory Processing Awareness Month? For the entire month of October, teachers, parents, therapists, and caregivers work together to spread awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder. But many people are not even aware of what Sensory Processing Disorder is. So why not take the time to become familiar with this disorders. Let’s take a look at this disorder and what you can do to help!
What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory processing is the brain’s natural ability to process information using the five senses of touch, smell, sight, sound, and taste along with the two senses of proprioception (body awareness) and vestibular input (balance). Each person has these senses with different preferences and strengths. Maybe you have excellent hearing but need glasses to see, these strengths and weaknesses help to make each person unique. Everyone’s experience with sensory processing is different and we must learn how to manage our unique experiences. But for children and adults who have Sensory Processing Disorder, one of these senses may need more or less input that the average person requires. If a sense is too stimulating, it may lead to the person trying to flee the room or being so overwhelmed it leads to tears. This over stimulation or under stimulation can be frustrating and if the person hasn’t learned coping skills, it can be even more frustrating as they attempt to flee the thing that is making them over whelmed or seek out more stimulation if they aren’t getting enough input.
Why is Sensory Processing Awareness Important?
Although many people have Sensory Processing Disorder, not many people are aware this disorder has a name. Many people think they are just being sensitive to different sense. But this month is important because there are many people of all ages are living with Sensory Processing Disorder without ever knowing what is wrong. Making Sensory Processing Disorder a well-known condition will help spread understanding and awareness of the disorder, thus enabling people to seek help. For more information on Sensory Processing Disorder or to help fund treatment, research, education, and advocacy programs, please donate to STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
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