Selected articles about sensory processing problems and how they can manifest in different types of situations.
What is sensory processing issues
- Sensory Processing Nine insightful articles by Cynthia Kim about sensory processing issues. I can warmly recommend all of them, and the massive comment tracks are also a great source of insights into many different peoples’ experiences with sensory processing issues.
- Survey: Sensory Sensitivites and Work/School Strategies by Cynthia Kim. The comment track is a goldmine of insights, and extremely well organised because the responses are numbered according to the survey questions. It gives a sense of the variety of sensory sensitivities and coping strategies applied by a huge variety of persons with sensory processing problems.
- The forgotten component of autism by Kelly Dillon.
- About sensitivity to background noise. My main sensory problem is with hypersensitivity to background noise, and here I explain how it feels and impacts my everyday life
- A lovely bouquet from Lori (by me). Ears are pretty central organs.
- Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project). Video by Miguel Jiron about what sensory overload can feel like. The link goes to my post about the video, that has the video embedded.
- Two Sides of Tolerance: Accepting Others by Lori. About olfactory sensitivities and social tolerance. See also Olfactory Political Correctness.
Artwork by Lori of A Quiet Week in the House
Sensory seeking and stimming
Stimming is a nickname for self-stimulating behaviours, and refers to repetitive and sensory sensation-seeking self-soothing, self-calming or self-stimulating behaviours. Stims can be obvious and eye catching such as strong rocking, hand flapping, or spinning, or subtle such as discreet rocking, humming, nail biting, twirling hair, touching specific fabrics over and over, sniffing specific scents to self-calm, et.c. While almost all people stim in some form on occasion, frequent and sometimes odd looking stims are usually characteristic of autism and sensory processing disorder.
- Sensory seeking by Cynthia Kim. About sensory seeking activities and the difference between sensory seeking and stimming.
- Autism & Stimming: Insider Perspectives, video by Paul Isaac. This is the best video explanation of stimming that I have found on YouTube.
Autism & Stimming: Insider Perspectives, by Paul Isaac.
- Why do we flap our hands? by Unstrange Minds. About the diversity in motivations for stimming, featuring another YouTube video about stimming.
Strategies for dealing with sensory overload
- Sensory Diet by Cynthia Kim (not about food diets). Occupational Therapy strategies to “fulfil everyday sensory needs and improve self-regulation with a specific selection of sensory activities”.
- Strategies for dealing with sensory overload by Capriwim.
- Coping tools for non-verbal aspects of a business meeting in a cafe, by me. Practical coping strategies to prevent sensory overload in a small informal client meeting in a cafe.
- Occupational Therapy Adventure (for SPD), cartoon by Kelly Dillon about her childhood adventures with occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder.
- Sensory Solutions by Andraya. A specific a solution to a specific tactile sensitivity problem: skin itching after showers, solved by brushing the skin with a comb. I thought it is a good reminder that sometimes it is possible to find technical sensory solutions to sensory problems such as ear plugs, sun glasses, specific stims or as here, brushing the skin with a comb.
Sensory overload in conversations
- An easy life. Mild sensory overload resulting from a face to face interviewer job.
- Non-verbal communication in a business meeting by me. Sensory stress in a small informal client meeting and a few tips for dealing with the inevitable sensory overload afterwards.
Shopping and sensory overload
- Food shopping by Kelly Dillon. The nightmare of grocery shopping illustrated in cartoon form.
Going out with sensory processing issues
- Filling In the Blanks by Alex Forshaw. Great post about how it feels when words are cut out from conversations by background noise
- A night out in town by capriwim. Dealing with sensory overload in a pub
- A Voice in a Fake World by Jeannie Davide-Rivera. About sensory overload interfering with a cafe visit with friends.
- History of bad parties. My personal history of being crap at going to parties.
- Parties and irrelevant pity by me. The relief of having learned to just say no to dinners and parties.
- Dinners and sensory overload. So I tried the dinner thing once more, and it was still crap.
Sensory processing disorder and employment
(See also workplace experiences)
- Research Interviewer Training Course. The section ‘Cafeteria = Hell’ describes an mandatory noisy cafeteria visit during a job training course.
Growing up with sensory processing problems
- Becoming an Adult – Part 1: The Beginning. Childhood sensory overload in primary school described in the section ‘Coping with chaos’.
- Horse therapy adventure, another occupational therapyish cartoon adventure from Kelly Dillon.
- Eating off Plastic. kelly Dillon’s great cartoon blog about Sensory Processing Disorder and related issues.