23 year old with spd

by Katelyn
(Chicago, IL)

I was just recently introduced to SPD because I am working with a Pre-K student who has it.


Turns out, I do too. I have always wondered why some things bother me more than they bother other people. For example, the smell of frying bacon or other strong smells is nauseating to me. When I lived with my family and they would cook strong smelling foods, I would lock myself in my room for hours waiting for the smell to fade because it was impossible for me to get over.

I am currently in graduate school and still have difficultly concentrating in class when the lights are buzzing or there a gum chewers! I realize now that it is my SPD that causes me to hear a person chewing gum all the way across the lecture hall. My whole life, everyone has wondered what is wrong with me when I get so obsessed about noises... having to KNOW where they are coming from and how to get them to stop.

With all that said, Parents, there is hope for sure. I am in graduate school, have always gotten good grades, and been a great student. I have a long-term relationship and am getting married soon. My SPD has made my life more difficult, but having a name for it is so much better than not knowing.

Hopefully, all parents with children who have SPD can be understanding of what it means to be overwhelmed by your senses and take strides to make their lives easier.

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Oct 29, 2010
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auditory sensitivity
by: Anonymous

Hee Hee, I appreciate your comments about auditory sensitivity. Our son (age 5) has SPD & for years, I have suspected my husband to have similar challenges. They both have crazy acute hearing (and think I am deaf)...made me smile to get your insight! Thanks.

Oct 21, 2010
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Hope for young child with SPD!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the insight as to how you have coped with the SPD and have succeeded in the education realm. Congratulations to you! I wish you the best with your education. I know there is hope for my son now and I will continue to be an advocate for him to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Oct 21, 2010
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Positive Outlook
by: Anonymous

Congratulations on having such a positive outlook. I have SPD - I am 52 now and have had since I was about 11. I know all too well sounds of gum chewers or people that bite on apples while I am at work and how it travels across the room. Other people are able to process this differently but it's all I hear. My son too is in University and is dealing with this as well. The University offers the students separate rooms while taking exams if they have trouble with distractions which I think is a step forward. Good luck

Cathy

Oct 21, 2010
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing!

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