Adolescent & Adult SPD Checklist

Please use this adult SPD checklist as a guide only. This is NOT meant to officially diagnose Sensory Processing Disorder. It should be used ONLY to indicate the "red flags" that may warrant attention; i.e., further observation, evaluation and/or treatment. It can also be used as part of the questionnaire and history gathering process during an evaluation by an OT qualified to diagnose and treat adults with Sensory Processing Disorder.

If you are concerned after going through the checklist that you or your teenager's life may be significantly impacted by sensory processing issues, please contact a local Occupational Therapist. For hints, tips and tricks on how to find one, read finding an OT . Again, disorder means that it is SIGNIFICANTLY interfering with ones ability to perform daily activities (work, rest, or "play"/leisure)

An open mind may help you see that what appeared to be a "mental health", "behavioral", or "compulsive" behavior or issue may actually be based on inefficient sensory processing. As with any "problem", it will not get better until you know the cause! Treat it for what it actually is... no more "band-aids".
 

ALL of you will check off several of the items on this checklist, as many of them indicate normal sensory preferences or difficulties. That does NOT mean you have SPD. Look at HOW MANY you have checked off, the AMOUNT OF HIGH NUMBERS you indicated, WHICH SENSORY SYSTEMS are targeted, and HOW MUCH they impact your everyday FUNCTIONING.

Also, keep in mind, many of these symptoms can be indications of other disorders and mental health issues. It is the clusters and intensity of symptoms that we are looking for here, as they apply to, and are based upon sensory stimuli.

Again, if you feel these sensory processing issues are significantly impacting your life (pay attention to FREQUENCY, TIMING, AND DURATION), I urge you to seek a knowledgeable professional for help. AND, if you are really bothered by sensory issues, you may also want to think back to childhood, or earlier years, and fill out the Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist For Kids .

Keep in mind, the more information you can give the evaluator, the more accurate your diagnosis and treatment will be. If concerned, keep journals and bring that, and these checklists to your Doctor, Psychologist, or Occupational Therapist who is familiar with SPD to decide if an evaluation and further treatment is indicated.


Check off the following "behaviors" and sensory preferences if they are a part of YOUR life, and rate how often each applies to you, on a scale of 0-5 ("0" being NEVER, "5" being ALWAYS).


Adolecent / Adult Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist

Sensory Modulation:

__ __ bothered by clothes; certain materials, tags, seams, pantyhose, ties, belts, turtlenecks, have to wear shorts, skirts, or pants exclusively, etc.

__ __ bothered by "light touch"; someone lightly touching/rubbing your hand, face, leg or back

__ __ excessively ticklish

__ __ distressed by others touching you; would rather be the "toucher" than the   "touchee", difficulty "snuggling" with your partner

__ __ have to fidget and "fiddle" with things all the time; change in your pocket, your keys, a pen/pencil, paper clip, rubber band, ANYTHING within reach

__ __ often touching and twisting your own hair

__ __ very sensitive to pain, especially as compared to others

__ __ don't seem to notice pain; get shots/cuts/bruises and hardly feel a thing

__ __ dislike the feeling of showers or getting splashed

__ __ difficulty going to the beach; the sand blowing on your skin or getting on your body

__ __ avoid touching anything "messy"; if you do, you have to go wash your hands right away and/or only touch it with your fingertips

__ __ can not wear new or "stiff" clothes that have not been washed or soaked in fabric softener

__ __ hate to be barefoot or hate to wear shoes and/or socks

__ __ frequently get car sick, air sick, motion sick

__ __ a thrill seeker; loves fast and/or dangerous rides, leisure activities, and sports

__ __ difficulty riding on elevators, escalators, or moving sidewalks

__ __ avoid amusement park rides that spin or go upside down

__ __ seek out fast, spinning, and/or upside down carnival rides

__ __ will often rock or sway body back and forth while seated or standing still

__ __ frequently tips chair on back two legs

__ __ restless when sitting through a lecture, presentation, or movie

__ __ constantly chews on ends of pens and pencils

__ __ smokes cigarettes

__ __ difficulty eating foods with mixed textures, or one particular texture

__ __ prefer foods with very strong tastes and flavors

__ __ prefer very bland foods, dislike anything spicy

__ __ has a diagnosed eating disorder or has major eating "sensitivities"

__ __ constantly biting nails or fingers

__ __ bites lips or inside of cheeks

__ __ frequently shake your leg while sitting or falling asleep

__ __ love to sleep with multiple or heavy blankets on top of you

__ __ seek out crashing and "squishing" activities

__ __ cracks knuckles often

__ __ loves crunchy foods (popcorn, carrots, chips, nuts, pretzels, etc.)

__ __ frequently have gum or hard candy in your mouth

__ __ has an "endless" supply of air fresheners, scented candles, odor masking sprays, etc.

__ __ becomes nauseated or gags from certain cooking, cleaning, perfume, public restroom, or bodily odors

__ __ identifies objects by smell, have to smell everything, judge whether you like something or someone by smell

__ __ becomes overstimulated / overaroused when people come to the house or in crowded places

__ __ very high or very low energy level

__ __ avoids crowds and plans errands at times when there will be fewer people

__ __ overly exited/aroused in group settings

__ __ hides or disappears when guests come over

__ __ substance abuse

__ __ drinks excessive amounts of coffee or caffeinated beverages

__ __ notice and bothered by noises other people do not seem bothered by... clocks, refrigerators, fans, people talking, outdoor construction, etc.

__ __ sensitive to loud sounds or commotion

__ __ easily distracted by auditory or visual stimuli

__ __ can not attend certain public events or places due to excessive noise



Sensory Discrimination:

__ __ can't identify objects by feel if your eyes are closed

__ __ difficulty finding things in your purse or pocket without looking

__ __ don't seem to notice if your hands or face are dirty

__ __ bothered by hands or face being dirty

__ __ loves to touch and be touched, has to touch everything

__ __ have a hard time feeling where a bug has bitten you or whether you are being bitten

__ __ difficulty heating food to the correct temperature, feeling if it is too hot or too cold

__ __ difficulty locating items in a cupboard, drawer, in your closet, or on a grocery shelf

__ __ difficulty with recognizing/interpreting/following traffic signs

__ __ difficulty judging distances about where your car is in relation to other cars, in parking spaces, or near a curb (fail miserably at parallel parking!!)

__ __ difficulty merging into oncoming traffic on road, rotary, or highway

__ __ get disoriented and/or lost easily in stores, buildings, hiking, etc.

__ __ can't sleep if room isn't completely dark

__ __ fearful of heights

__ __ difficulty concentrating on or watching a movie/tv show when there is background noise or distractions

__ __ difficulty remembering or understanding what is said to you

__ __ difficulty following directions if given two or three at one time

__ __ can not complete concentrated tasks if noises present

__ __ sensitive, or over reacts, to sirens, dogs barking, vaccuum cleaners, blenders, or other sudden/loud sounds

__ __ talks too loud or too soft

__ __ lethargic, hard to get going, appears "lazy" and unmotivated

__ __ become engrossed in one single activity for a long time and seems to tune out the rest of their environment

__ __ spend hours at a time on fantasy or video games and activities

__ __ great difficulty settling body down for sleep or waking up in the morning (did you even hear the alarm that has been going off for 15 minutes?)

__ __ has difficulty licking an ice cream cone neatly

__ __ difficulty with speech and annunciation

__ __ bumps into things frequently

__ __ often pushes too hard on objects, accidentally breaking them

__ __ difficulty judging how much pressure to apply when doing tasks or picking something up

__ __ difficulty identifying which key on your ring belongs to what

__ __ numbers and letters often reversed or backwards

__ __ difficulty telling time on an analogue clock

__ __ difficulty reading and understanding a map, bus schedule, directions

__ __ difficulty organizing and grouping things by categories, similarities, and/or differences

__ __ can't seem to find words in word search puzzles

__ __ unable to identify foods that have gone bad by smell

__ __ difficulty being able to smell dangerous smells, i.e., smoke, noxious/hazardous solvents

__ __ difficulty being able to smell when something is burning on the stove or in the oven

__ __ difficulty distinguishing different tastes and/or flavors of food and/or drink items



Sensory-Based Motor Skills:

__ __ difficulty learning to ride a bike or other "moving" equipment

__ __ clumsy, uncoordinated, and accident prone

__ __ difficulty walking on uneven surfaces

__ __ difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping, tying, knitting, sewing, playing games with small parts, closing zip loc bags

__ __ confuses right and left sides

__ __ prefers sedentary tasks, avoiding sports or physical activities

__ __ difficulty with handwriting; hard to read, takes a long time to write

__ __ frequently bumps into people and things

__ __ easily fatigued with physical tasks

__ __ frequently misses when putting objects on a table

__ __ messy eater, difficulty with eating utensils, spills and drops food

__ __ knocks drinks or other things over when reaching for them

__ __ frequently drops items

__ __ has to talk self through tasks

__ __ hums or vocalizes while concentrating on a task

__ __ significant difficulty learning to tie a tie

__ __ difficulty with motor tasks requiring several steps

__ __ difficulty lining up numbers correctly for math problems and/or balancing a checkbook

__ __ difficulty learning new motor tasks...a new dance, sport or exercise activity, how to drive

__ __ lose balance frequently

__ __ significant difficulty learning to type the "proper" way



Social / Emotional:

__ __ dislikes changes in plans or routines, needs structure

__ __ may be described as "stubborn", "defiant", or "uncooperative"

__ __ cries easily, over things others usually don't, very "emotional" and "sensitive"

__ __ can't seem to finish anything

__ __ difficulty making decisions

__ __ rigid and controlling

__ __ prefers solitary activities, avoids groups

__ __ impatient and/or impulsive

__ __ difficulty with social cues and non verbal language

__ __ difficulty with authority figures

__ __ trouble relating to and socializing with peers and colleagues

__ __ a "sore loser"

__ __ strong feelings of anger or rage

__ __ easily frustrated

__ __ needs sameness and routines; needs to know what to expect

__ __ have panic or anxiety attacks

__ __ plagued by fears and/or phobias

__ __ OCD-type qualities; can't let foods touch each other on your plate, have to wear clothes a certain way, will only do ____, repetitively does ____, can not do _____ without doing _____, has to have ____ like ____

__ __ distractible and unorganized

__ __ hates surprises

__ __ difficulty seeking out and maintaining relationships

__ __ avoids eye contact



Internal Regulation:

__ __ difficulty falling asleep or getting on a sleep schedule

__ __ heart rate speeds up, and won't slow down when at rest, or won't speed up for tasks that require a higher heart rate

__ __ respiration too fast or slow for the appropriate state of arousal

__ __ over or under sensitivity to bowel and bladder sensations

__ __ over or under sensitivity to the sensation of hunger/appetite

__ __ irregular, inconsistent bowel, bladder and appetite sensations

__ __ difficulty with temperature regulation of body

 

 

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I am a 22 year old female. I have ALWAYS had issues with clothing. I find anything other than sweats and gym shorts uncomfortable. Sometimes, it gets to …

Shaking and daydreaming 
I am 55 years old, and I have been shaking my head and body around while daydreaming for as long as I can remember. My mother said I was even doing it …

Picky eating because of smell 
It's not until I became a Mom and started learning about SPD because of my own child having difficulty in school that I realized that this was the problem …

ASD/SPD in Adults 
I was diagnosed at the age of 39 with Asperger's (an Autism Spectrum Disorder) and SPD. You have a section with a fair number of links for parents with …

Is it possible to still have SPD into adulthood? 
I am 25 years old and still struggle with hypersensitivity to clothing. It started at a very young age with socks, tags, seams, underwear, etc. It is …

My Life 
I was born with my cord around my neck. When I was a young girl and I would go on a walk, my mom had to have one hand on my shoulder because I would fall …

Concerned parent 
As a youngster our son responded unusually to almost everything. We gave him alot of support and acceptance, but we did not seek help as we could not afford …

Diagnosed as a child, just found out as a college student. 
So as a really small child (around 5 or 6) I remember having to go to therapy for some kind of speech impediment I had, but apparently I was tested for …

Noise sensitivity in adults with TS 
I'm a 51-yr-old female with Tourette's Syndrome. All my life I have had extremely acute hearing & seem to be extremely bothered by loud, repetitive, and …

My daughter was just diagnosed and I thought I'd do the adult checklist...... WOW am I surprised!! 
My 7 year old daughter has been misdiagnosed for the last 4 years. We have been told she was having separation anxiety (although we were not going anywhere) …

Want to be touched but can't bear it 
Thanks for a great site! It has been really amazing to read all the entries. So comforting to realise I'm not the only person with this problem. I knew …

First timer.. non diagnosed. 
Short and to the point,, I did the checklist and I'm the varied poster child for most of this stuff. Now to go get a proper diag./ Not sure how to do …

Trying to cope as an adult with Tactile Defensiveness 
I am a 29 year old female with Tactile Defensiveness. As a kid it wasn't that much of a deal to me to have the issues I have with touch, textures, and …

My story 
I'm 19 years old now and found out last week I have SPD. I had my mom fill out the checklist for kids and I filled out the one for adults. Under sensory …

What to do? 
What can be done to treat or help an adult deal with a sensory processing disorder??

Concert 
Took my daughter to The Trans Siberian Orchestra concert. She plays violin so I knew she'd enjoy that aspect but the additional light/laser/fireworks/spectacle …

Something that explains ME!  
I haven't read everyone's comments and stories yet, but I just had to write in and share some of my issues, as I'd love to hear from anyone else out there …

Construction noise 
I need help with construction noise because i have sensory processing disorder My apartment building in the middle of remolding It causing me have overload. …

I can see everything clearly now 
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I could have written all of your posts. I am starting to conclude that most of us with EXTREME sensory issues are …

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Overly sensitive, as well as under sensitive. 
Hi, I've had a wide and odd variety of behaviors and symptoms ever since I was a child. I do have Tourette's Syndrome (which I've been told has somewhat …

My story of hope for those with SPD 
I was a lucky one. Though treatment was uncommon in the early 90s, my mother heard an OT speak and identified that therapy may help me. Though I had …

I'm not the only that hates surprises!! 
My name is robbielyn, I am 43yrs old in fl. I work in er registration at a hospital. This is my diagnosis. I have never been diagnosed for adhd and until …

Adult with Sensory Processing Issues 
My story / symptoms I have this overwhelming need to move frequently in order to stay alert. My paperwork is of a higher quality after movement. …

Can SPD be self treated by adults? 
Can SPD be self treated by adults?

Am I an adult with spd? 
In reading this I believe I have SPD. I see that it is best to get help early in life but I am 31 now and only have stumbled on this. I was diagnosed …

Cyclical Sensory problems 
Hi there, I'm 39 and have been dealing with pretty extreme sensory processing problems for most of my life... in the two weeks before my period. The …

Still trying to figure out what I'm doing 
I'm a college student from Utah and was diagnosed with SPD about four years ago. I've got a lot of stuff from this checklist, but my biggest problems are …

Adult with SPD in AZ 
My name is Miranda and I am a 26 year old suffering from Sensory Processing Disorder. This disorder has nearly killed me, literally. Although it may not …

Adult Sensory Processing disorder 
My 46 year old daughter has finally diagnosed her condition as Sensory Processing Disorder. She was always an "odd" child, was a sleepy baby, had slow …

Started reading this for my son and saw me! SENSORY MODULATION: pg 1 
SENSORY MODULATION: 1. "bothered by "light touch"; someone lightly touching/rubbing your hand, face, leg or back." My wife likes to hold my hand, then …

Low sexual drive 
I am newly curious about whether my extremely low sex drive could be related to a sensory integration issue. Any thoughts?

This is not an adult disorder, it's a special ordering of senses. 
I have always been interested in hands and feet. I see the energy patterns in people's bodies, and can effect changes for their healing. I also can't …

Adults with SPD 
My daughter was diagnosed at an early age with a cerebellum that is 1/4 smaller than it should be. She did a lot of therapy for fine and gross motor skills. …

From existing in a box to living with the top down A balancing act 
My name is Jaclyn. I am a 29 year old single mother. I was born with sensory processing disorder. I am amazed their are other adults out there like me …

Help! My clothes are killing me! 
Is there anyone out there who not only has issues with the materials in clothes - like tags, or anything made of something other than cotton - but also …

List Time Part 1 
I am pretty sure my husband and I both have SPD. We are over thirty and have been happily married eight years. I am not going to so much tell a story as …

Not able to feed my body  
Many of us as an adult know what children have yet to figure out, how to work in the body we have. When in school, I coped pretty well. I was a drifty …

Trauma history 
Many to most of these are common among survivors of repeated childhood and later trauma.

30 YEAR OLD PICKY EATER 
I came across this site while trying to find help to an eating disorder. I found the children section on picky eating first and went on to discovering …

My 'texture issues' have always been a little joke with my friends 
But Ive never thought about some of the weird habits/issues I have with some things until someone told me about synesthesia (which sounds interesting, …

All Alone 
I'm 59 years ago and up to about 15 minutes ago, have lived with my eating habits with the thought of being the only person to have such peculiar ways …

Sensory Sensitivity 
I was misdiagnosed as having panic/anxiety disorder and defiant disorder. When really I have issues with touch, smell, taste, visual and auditory. …

Sensitive to particular noises 
I am 44 and have often wondered what is wrong with me! Noises... especially smacking, gum popping absolutely drive me crazy. It is impossible go anywhere …

I need direction for OT training in sensory processing for adults.  
I am an OTR/L who has only received sensory training from when I was in OT school and one seminar on sensory. I now work with adult men (ages 18-58 years …

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Alone and Irritated Adult 
Good Evening, I'm a 30 year old female and I was diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago. However, ADHD doesn't explain my extremely sensitive hearing or sensitivity …

Sensory Audio... I Thought I Was Just Going Crazy 
I am 31yrs old, married for 11yrs and have 3 children. I was looking into SPD because of my middle child, of which fits much of what I have read, when …

Adult Options for a "Sensory Diet"? 
I'm currently searching for a way to get help for SPD, as it would appear that I very likely have this disorder. That said, it could be a while before …

Healthy adult with eye contact strain when listening in conversation 
This concerns an adult patient of mine. He has difficulty making eye contact comfortably when he is listening to anyone he is in conversation with. He …

Adult sensory overload with clothing 
Wearing bras hurt. I've had breast reduction to help this, however this was only a temporary fix. Plus after the surgery I had to wear a bra 24/7. I'm …

SPD at 40 years of age, any help without drugs? 
At 18 years of age I took an IQ test in a rehabilitation center I had volunteered to enter. My score was very high on the right side of the brain (genius) …

How Can Adults Get Help? 
Dearest people who invented and helped work on this great, great site. I have a son, six years old with SPD and he must have somehow inherited it from …

Visual Processing Deficits In Adults 
Are any of them successfully employed and, if so, what do they do for a living? I have visual processing issues. I am almost 50 years old and know …

Wet Feet Syndrome? 
Good day, It's only recently that I became aware of SPD. In my search to explain a certain longing in my everyday living. So here's my story. When …

Does my husband have Aspergers or SPD? 
Hi I married my husband about a year and a half ago, and shortly after we found out we were blessed with a baby. Our son is now 6 months old already! After …

Tactile defensiveness - Sensory Overload - Clothes sensitive 
I'm a 51 year old male that has always had trouble with sensory overload -- i.e tags in clothes, wind blowing on bare skin, clothing textures (can wear …

Wondering what adults do to deal with it in themselves? 
Hi, I am new to this site. I also experience SPD. I am 38 years old, and have had it my entire life. It was always in different degrees though, due to …

OMG, this is me. 
I was having problems yesterday with the fact that my fiancee's daughter had brought Starbucks coffee into my house, because the smell makes me absolutely …

Sound sensitivity 
Im 15, and ive just been "diagnosed" with sensory integration disorder....even though ive had it for three years. i am oversensitive to sounds..like people …

Is this me? 
I am in my 40's and I just today heard the expression "Sensory Issues" in reference to disliking the feel of something. I googled it, because I'd never …

Baggy Clothes Only 
I am just learning about SPD and wonder if my life-long discomfort with snug (or even semi-snug) clothing can be attributed to this. The feeling of pants …

rachael nelson's story 
I am facing a nasty divorce all because of a unteachable family about SPD with ADHD after being married 16 years today. That family was never worth my …

Static Shocks Not rated yet
I am 54 years old. I've been hypersensitive to static shocks my entire life. I've always insisted I get shocked more than most people--more often and …

My sensitivity to clothing, food, and temperature rules, and is ruining, my life Not rated yet
I am a male in his early 40's. After searching for information for years, it seems that I may have finally found the medical definition for what I have …

Growing up with Sensory Integration Dysfunction Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger and continued with that diagnosis for almost 20 years before I was in a car accident at 24 and walked into …

15 who can't walk into restaurants without gagging?! HELP Not rated yet
So i'm 15 and as a child, i would never be able to eat to my full capacity because every time i would, the walk out of the restaurant would lead me to …

Cold and aircon Not rated yet
I have hypersensitivity to cold in winter but even worse to indoors aircon flows in summer ! Office a/c is torture. What medicine would help with this …

Fibromyalga and SPD?? Not rated yet
I have had Fibromyalga for 16 yrs. About a year ago I read some new research regarding sensory problems with fibromites. Fibro has quite a few what's called …

My sensory processing disorder at the age of 20 years old Not rated yet
I have been battling ADHD and some other weird issues as well just not sure what they are which i believe are sensory issues. I always have to touch everything …

Adult child won't eat Not rated yet
For the last several days our adult child won't eat and he is usually an excellent eater. He's also salvaiting profusely. Any ideas what it might be? …

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Why can't I touch fluffy or soft textures? Not rated yet
I as a Child could not stand touching anything fluffy, or excessively soft. I hated puffy things, such as my coat and would scream or cry if I had to touch …

Do I have SPD? Not rated yet
I'm a 24 year old female teacher who believes she may have SPD, or at least some form of sensory issues. I constantly cover my ears without thinking and …

This has a name Not rated yet
Ever since having abdominal surgery for Crohn's Disease 11 years ago, I've had a large degree of difficulty with my clothing, in particular. I wear everything …

20 yo female - misdiagnosed  Not rated yet
I work in childcare and see a lot of children with sensory issues and autism... I always thought maybe I had a few issues myself seeing it from an outside …

Pork- Chop Not rated yet
Hi, Well Ill Make this short and simple and straight o he point. I cant stand my girlfriends (Of 30 Years. Never married her.) Voice? (When she first comes …

It looks like I have SPD Not rated yet
without meds I put things in my mouth and chew on my shirt sleeves and i'm very hyper and do choke on foods excessively, unable to swallow them. sometimes …

Finding a solution Not rated yet
As a child I never knew I had spd. It didn't really show up until I had stopped dance and wasn't as active anymore. When I had started high school my teachers …

Extremely frustrated with the lack of empathy and support Not rated yet
I'm 20 F and think I have SPD. I can't stand certain tastes. My sense of smell is very strong, I can smell my suitemates using listerine through …

Why didn't anyone ever help? Not rated yet
My daughter has so many of these characteristics. I have been asking the phych doctors and nurses about OCD, bi polar. My daughter has been dx with ADHD, …

Frustration and Poor Self Esteem Not rated yet
I am a 21 year old female. I get goosebumps and shivers if I have to touch paper or other dry surfaces or hear other people rubbing them together (like …

Miserable  Not rated yet
I've grown very angry and bitter towards my mom because she seems to be the only one who produces my triggers. The way she coughs, chews her gum and when …

Pretty Sure I Have SPD Not rated yet
Where do I even begin? I’m 33 years old and looking back on my childhood, it's a lot clearer to me what was going on. I was born in 1980, and back then …

22 and think I may have SPD?? Not rated yet
I'm almost 22 years old and I've recently been trying to figure out why I hate to be touched so much, why I panic when something sticky is around me, and …

My eyes are open.. im listening.. and confirmation on what i already knew... score 72+ Not rated yet
ill be 27 in 2 weeks. since i can remember i was extremely sensitive to my environment. i was very attached to my mom, but others i didnt trust and still …

I'm 50, and could it be I have SPD?  Not rated yet
I've always hated tight clothing. I cannot stand to have a turtle neck type top anywhere near my neck. In fact I feel sick with tight clothing. A very …

Autistic Not rated yet
I wonder if I have a mild form of SPD or it is just autistic sensory weirdness. I am hypersensitive to touch and tactile pain. I have weirdness about food …

48 Years old never diagnosed Not rated yet
I have MANY of the symptoms from most of the senses check lists (all 5 seances). Most still bother or affect me on a regular basis. Is there any help …

SPD and Pain Not rated yet
I am just starting to realize ALL the ways my SPD has affected my life. I am wondering if it can have a physical pain manifestation as well, however. …

Do I have (mild?) SPD? (18yo) Not rated yet
So I have many strange behaviors but I've usually assumed it was my social anxiety until I came across something on the internet about Sensory Defensive …

Always knew something was off Not rated yet
I'm 30 years old and have so many diagnoses.. ADHD, Bipolar, Eating disorders,Anxiety, OCD, Blah, Blah, Blah.. I dont medicate for any of it.. and just …

Aimej Not rated yet
My son, age 8 has SPD. Diagnosed at 7 after years of wondering why he was such an unusual and quirky child and why he had behavior problems in school. …

Adults with sensory processing disorder Not rated yet
My husband seems to have sensory processing disorder. He is delayed in responding to simple questions and also delays before beginning any new activity …

Middle aged and confused Not rated yet
I can relate to many of these what I have been calling, character defects. Currently 55 years old and have learned through out the years that many of these …

What a relief Not rated yet
I'm 47 years old and exhibit a number of the symptoms of the Sensory Modulation type. I've been to numerous shrinks over the years who blamed my aloof …

Misdiagnosis~until 30 Not rated yet
As a teenager I was diagnosed as having OCD with severe oral fixation. I do have a severe oral fixation. I smoke, I constantly have a piece of gum in my …

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FREAKING OUT! Not rated yet
I just thought I had a bunch of emotional disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Panic Disorder, Addiction, Separation Anxiety, severe, odd, …

Could this be my problem? Not rated yet
Ever sinc I can remember, I've had problems with my attention span and motivation to complete things. I've had several instruments that I was intent on …

Holding My Breath Not rated yet
I hold my breath when someone walks by because I don't want to catch a whiff of their scent. I hold my breath and/or choke when I have to touch a clothing …

We Used to Be Called Sensitive... Not rated yet
When my daughter was about 4 months old, I went to my parents for about a week. We visited my of my dad's office. My daughter was very happy while we …

Please tell me I'm not alone. Not rated yet
I'm nineteen years old and have been diagnosed with SPD for as long as I can reach back into my memories. I've dealt with a hodgepodge of sensory issues, …

Plastic Baggie  Not rated yet
My co-worker is in the cubicle next to mine. She brings in food from home, which she keeps in a plastic baggie. Every day she takes some food from the …

Adult with teeth brushing and afraid of seeing dentists. Not rated yet
I have tried over and over again, for 50 years to get myself into the habit of brushing my teeth. I remember sometimes to brush but cannot bring myself …

I hate suede! Not rated yet
I really hate suede! I can't touch it, see it, or think about it without going bananas... I want to lick or wet my hands when the thought of it...(sort …

Right side vs. left side Not rated yet
Does anyone else feel bothered by an imbalance between their right and left side? If something touches my right side, especially something cold, I feel …

Where can I get help? Not rated yet
I am age 60+ and live in the Phoenix AZ area. Does anyone know of a doctor or therapist that treats adults with PSD? Or, does anyone know of a clinic, …

Feeling off balance Not rated yet
I am a 53 year old female and I have been struggling for some time with feeling "off balance" and feeling like I am moving. If I put my hand on the back …

My young adult with SPD Not rated yet
My adult son with down syndrome exhibits a lot of these characteristics and it impacts his daily functioning. It breaks my heart to see him struggle with …

Adult Treatment options Not rated yet
I see a lot of options for treating children on this website. I am interested in treatment processes for adults. I am particularly interested in treatments …

43 and wow Am I screwed up!!! Not rated yet
Ok I am 43 and have had all kinda trouble in this life with alot on the list there...to point of being locked up in psych wards and told I was syzchoafrentic …

Motion question Not rated yet
Hi there, I have been searching for an answer to this question for years and someone pointed me in the direction of this site. I have never been diagnosed …

Over 50 and Finally Relizing My Quirks are Related to SPD Not rated yet
For years I've felt "different" when I've told people that my ears actually hurt when they raise there voice; or why I have slept with a pillow over my …

Could Pastel have SPD? Not rated yet
I stumbled across Sensory processing disorder on a google search for something else. What that was, I don't remember. It sounds a lot like someone close …

Absolutely Mind-Blown Not rated yet
So, I'm 18 Male, and have been trying to work out whats wrong with me, my whole life (as basically my mates constantly have referred to me as retarted.) …

What caused SPD to increase into other areas? Not rated yet
Have always been "hurt" by gum popping however, since I have seen a psychiatrist for anxiety and tried " alot" of medicines to no avail;I cannot stand …

Trouble with neighbor Not rated yet
My name is Amanda Sanders i live in apartment complex i can't move out i'm having a problem with my downstairs neighbor keeps thumping on the ceiling when …

Where was this information 20 years ago? Not rated yet
I am a 33 yo woman who has spent my entire life trying to explain myself to others. The rain drops feel like pins poking my skin, my socks and shoes make …

I'm 36 years old - And I've just discovered, this is ME! Not rated yet
I am 36 years old. ALL my life - jokes about being undiagnosed ADHD, having undiagnosed OCD, being and introverted extrovert, a control freak, paranoid …

PCOS, now this? Not rated yet
I was reading up on this disorder simply for writing purposes, and I'm finding more and more I have a lot of the symptoms. I have a lot from every section! …

A way to strengthen and exercise hands, fingers, palms, wrists, and arms Not rated yet
So in being a music student, yet coming to it relatively new I lacked some of the strength in my hands. I hand no problem pressing down the strings of …

People's voices  Not rated yet
Help! ! I have nearly gone wild when two separate people talk. One is female and the other Male. I can literally feel myself transform. I'm a nurse, …

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Overhelmed and getting tipped Not rated yet
Not sure where else to put this other than in this site, because I have not be able to find anything anywhere about these issues I have. Firstly, when …

Adults with sensory processing disorder Not rated yet
I am a social work who was asked to help a family find resources for their adult child who has somato-dyspraxia. This is an issue that came up when she …

None Not rated yet
SPD sounds like a combo of Asperger's Syndrome, Avoident Personality Disorder, Executive Function Disorder, and several others I've come across. Based …

SPD vs Sensory Defensiveness Not rated yet
What's the difference between sensory defensiveness and processing disorder??? I've always been told I was sensory defensive, but now reading about …

A comfortable chair for SPD sufferer Not rated yet
I am 73 years old and have been diagnosed with SPD. Sitting for a while is very painful for me. I have buttock pain around the pubis area. My chair …

Day of Mom's Funeral Not rated yet
I had the biggest meltdown since I was a kid. I was in the process of putting on the new clothes I bought for the occasion, getting ready to go to my mom's …

Adult SPD support  Not rated yet
I am a 41 y.o. with SPD. My "sensitivities", as I've called them over the years, are difficult to cope with; trichotillomania began at age 5 and is largely …

Do I have SPD? Not rated yet
My whole life I have been teased for my reactions to touching "dry" things but I never knew why I had that reaction. I would get chills if I touched a …

26 years old and still struggling with food Not rated yet
I am a 26 year old female with severe food issues. I knew it was something more than just being picky.I have tried to overcome these issues my entire life. …

I'm 21 years old. I believe I have SPD, and I feel like I will never be normal. Not rated yet
Where do I begin? I have always been extremely clumsy. When I was four years old, I was walking to my great aunt’s house. Near her house, there was a ditch. …

Drinking Alcohol with SPD Not rated yet
Hi. I am nearly 21 years old and I am convinced I have SPD due to a number of things. My question is this to any adult with this disorder- Do you have …

Do I have spd  Not rated yet
looking up symptoms for my son now i feel this explains how i feel most of the time - was in an accident one day,but it was not my fault but i was scared …

...So thats really it huh? Not rated yet
I dont need to go to the adult symptoms list i Know what it'll say. How on earth to even talk about this? I was keeping up hope that it would just go away …

30 yr old adult with SPD Not rated yet
I have severe pain with surgeries. i feel everything that goes on in the inside of my body. what can i do or why is happening??? im going in for a tubal …

42 and the penny has dropped Not rated yet
I'm a 42 year old male and have recently read about tactile defensiveness and the penny has dropped as to why i have had dozens and dozens of girlfriends …

The big guy Not rated yet
I have social anxiety disorder and sensory processing disorder. I am in therapy now it is going to be long road.

Adult SPD Not rated yet
Can an adult-74 yrs. old - have been autism all their life and not known it, especially concerning hearing SPD?

Metal on Teeth Not rated yet
Since I was a child I cringe and feel sick if someone bites a metal fork or spoon and then slides it across their teeth. I have never known why until I …

Finally an answer.... Not rated yet
Woah, is this me. I've always been hypersensitive to smells, sounds, lights, touch, social situations... when I was a kid I refused to drink out of glasses …

I think I have SPD! Not rated yet
I'm 29 years old and I just happened to hear about this disorder. I went through the checklist and I could relate to so many of these things! 44 out of …

Suffering alone Not rated yet
since I was a little girl, I have absolutely hated to be touched, kissed, or "thrown into a group of other kids". but even at 7 years old, I thought it …

Sensitive to touch, and pain of thigh, leg and feets Not rated yet
Can a grown man have sensory processing disorder and if so, what can he use for help, has been told by doctors that he has diabetics and neropothy of the …

18 and annoyed Not rated yet
I am 18 years old and just finding out about this Sensory stuff. When your only use to being in one body you never realize your different, you just assume …

Parenting my 5 year old w/ SPD discovering what I have had my whole life Not rated yet
I know know that I was misdiagnosed my whole life. Dysthymia, depression, anxiety. Never was I screened for ADHD, SPD, SID. Not one person even thought …

Adult SPD Not rated yet
My daughter was diagnosed with (and treated for) Sensory Integration Dysfunction as a toddler. We worked with this all through her childhood. Then …

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Well, I always thought mental illness explained all my problems... Not rated yet
Chronic depression suffer and deal with chronic ptsd. Felt very different from other children and had an early conception that my 'clock' didn't work …

Still figuring this out... Not rated yet
I have degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and tend to "psychologize" my symptoms. I knew that I had trouble templating items, and therefore had (and …

So my father, sister and I aren't just quirky?? Not rated yet
I never connected all of my strange phobias and traits with the fact that I have little to no sense of smell. I grew up with the family of smokers so …

My daughter Not rated yet
My daughter was diagnosed officially with dyslexia at 9 having struggled at school since 4 years. She was diagnosed as ADHD at 10years, prescribed Ritalin …

It's not easy being me :-( Not rated yet
I'm a highly creative and sometimes very energetic 38 year old who for the life of me can't hold a job. I could do things in my 20's that are unthinkable …

What do I do now? Not rated yet
I've been trying for years to figure out what's up with me. A few years ago, I found out I've got Asperger's, but that knowledge didn't help me fix this …

Could this be a tactile issue? Not rated yet
I am 46 years old and have a "strange" problem with animals. If ANY animal comes close to me or even touch me, I get goosebumps. My whole body literally …

SPD Just happened to me Not rated yet
I came inside around noon on July 20th and started hitting the walls. I have been checked for everything: Stroke; brain tumors;lots of blood work. The …

Adult picky eater Not rated yet
Do you have any information for grown ups with pick eating problems. Thanks.

Honey Terrace Not rated yet
My boyfriend does not like to be touched if my hand is moving, can not rub even just for a second or pat. touch has to be still unmoving, if i move away …

Dyslexia, SPD or just a scared? What is wrong with me? Not rated yet
I have never been diagnosed with any kind of learning disability as I didn’t struggle through school; it was only number sequences and multiple choice …

Sensitivity in ear usually prior to menses Not rated yet
Why do I have such sensitivity in sound in my right ear before my period? There is a constant ringing and I can't stand the kids to even come close …

Tones Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with an APD that is associated with the speed of which different tone levels are carried on the synapses. Higher tones move at a faster …

SPD Therapy for Adults in Utah Not rated yet
Can anyone recommend a therapist in the Salt Lake area that has experience with SPD in Adults?

Noise, Light, and Smell sensitivities Not rated yet
I have a feeling if I was born 30 years later, I would have been diagnosed with something. I don't know if it's even worth getting diagnosed. What can …

Just Realized At Age 53 I Probably Have SPD Not rated yet
Funny how you can live over 50 years and not realize how much you are compensating and adjusting for all the "quirks" of having sensory processing problems... …

Good to know it's not just me :>) Not rated yet
I have always had trouble being tickled and touched as well as the feeling of wet hands touching paper or cardboard. This makes BBQ's tough because of …

New discovery..once my son was diagnosed with SPD Not rated yet
Now that I'm an adult and a parent of a child with SPD, I have realized that I have SPD as well. As a child, I walked on my tip toes a lot. My parents …

Long Term Health Concern Not rated yet
Hello, My name is Maryanne. While I am 29 years old, I have suffered from Moderate - Severe SPD my whole life. In 2007, I finally was diagnosed and spent …

A Revelation Not rated yet
I am 19, and went away to college last year. My mom and I were talking, and she mentioned that I have SPD. I had NO IDEA what she was talking about--she …

I think I might have Sensory Processing Disorder Not rated yet
As I was growing up, I had a hard time holding on to things. I broke a lot of things and spilled a lot of things. My mother was very mean to me and did …

Diagnosed with autism as a child but believe it was SID Not rated yet
I was diagnosed as having extreme autism as a young child and my parents were told that I would never talk, never function in society. After seeing many …

LOUD VOICES/NOISES Not rated yet
I am almost 50 years old and just realizing in the last few years that I have SPD. People with loud voices set me off. The funny thing is I have been married …

54 Year Old Woman! Not rated yet
It all makes sense now....50 some odd years later. Wish my parents had known some of this back in the '50s and '60s. I had a terrible time with math....barely …

I think I have Sensory integration disorder Not rated yet
I am 24 years old and have been diagnosed with auditory dyslexia and a sensory issue.. But i am not sure if this is it. My 2nd grade LD teacher helped …

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Sleep problems Not rated yet
I need help because I can't sleep. My brain is on super overload from construction paint smells, tile, glue, smells, noise of hammers and other nail guns …

Just got my diagnosis last Tuesday!! Not rated yet
Last Tuesday I had an evaluation by an OT and she said yes, I have SID and am affected quite a bit. Finally I have a name for many of my "quirks". …

Proprioception Difficulties for over 50 years - Motion Sickness, Feeling like Falling Over Not rated yet
I am 55 years old and have been having great difficulty with bouts of motion sickness and feeling that I am falling over or feeling like I am spinning …

Explains a lot Not rated yet
I really started learning about SPD trying to find answers to why my toddler was having problems... the more I read the more I realized... this disorder …

Sensitive skin Not rated yet
My husband has never liked to be touched softly pretty much anywhere on his body. He says that it feels painful and that it really bothers him. He has …

The Undrama Queen Not rated yet
My entire life people have been telling me to "Relax, you're exaggerating." They tell me my waistband isn't too tight, that there's no reason to be itchy, …

It's not easy Not rated yet
Reading these checklists made me laugh at first, then it just made me depressed. I read the "adolescent and adult" one first and then the one for children, …

Am I just melodramatic?? Not rated yet
I was partially just wondering what I do with the results? Do you have a graph or something somewhere? Sometimes I just feel like it's all in my head, …

Part of my story Not rated yet
Amen to your story. Boy can I relate to being a rebellious person. I believe in living and let live. So why don't people mind their own business as I mind …

Was looking up SPD for my son and found myself. pg 4 SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL and Internal Regulation: Not rated yet
SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL: 1. "cries easily, over things others usually don't, very "emotional" and "sensitive." This bugs the crap out of me and embarrasses …

Was looking up SPD and saw myself. pg 3 SENSORY-BASED MOTOR SKILLS: Not rated yet
SENSORY-BASED MOTOR SKILLS: 1. "difficulty learning to ride a bike or other "moving" equipment." My son is 12 yo and has yet to learn how to ride a bike. …

started reading this web site about my son and saw me. pg 2 SENSORY DISCRIMINATION: Not rated yet
SENSORY DISCRIMINATION: 1. "bothered by hands or face being dirty." Who isn't? My son! Who "doesn't seem to notice if his hands or face are dirty." 2. …

I am a 68 year old and just been shown this article from newspaper. Wow do I fit it to a T. Where can a get a sharing group to attend Not rated yet
Ok I just was shown an article in newspaper. (Dear Abby) And boy can I relate. Am 68 yrs of age and Have had this problem many years never knowing what …

I am adult with mild cp and functional with adl except for mild spd help Not rated yet
As a child I did not realize until about 25 years old what affects SPD symptoms would have on my ability to drive and ride a bike.I have had constant job …

List Time Part 2 Not rated yet
Part 2 I'm a little ambidextrous. Both my brother and I started out left-handed as babies and our father taught us firmly to be right-handed, which …

Exciting to see all resources in one site Not rated yet
I am excited to see all that is available for this. Growing up, I was very sensitive to certain items to the touch- i.e. styrofoam, chalk, eraser, flat …

Trouble my whole life Not rated yet
As a kid I would freak out if I saw a gum wrapper near me or any kind of small trash near me. I would throw a fit until someone got rid of it. I hated …

Is this me? Not rated yet
My 7 yr old son was diagnosed with sensory integration issues when he was 5 years old. He had difficulty in school (with the lone exception of the special …

Adults with sensory processing disorder Not rated yet
I am a new OT working with adults in day habilitation programs. I have a individual who appears to be "sensory" and I am beginning an intensive program …

Adult with many SPD symptoms, sees sounds sometimes  Not rated yet
I work with children who have special needs, many of which have sensory issues and see bits of myself in many of my clients. My experiences give me a …

SPD got worse for me in middle age Not rated yet
I have SPD at 55, finally self-diagnosed after fifty years of problems. Intelligence and good grades have gotten me nowhere: I couldn't handle the smells, …

Adolescent/Adult SPD Checklist  Not rated yet
My husband and I suspect that we both struggle with SPD, at opposite ends of the "spectrum"! We've filled out the checklists for both of us; now...is …

Hanging in there Not rated yet
I have severe sensitivity to sounds, smells, and touches. I cut tags out of clothing, a sharpy marker is a good thing to have around, black and silver!! …

Faulty processing system Not rated yet
I have a 46 year old son who is compulsive and does not want to be touched. When I kiss him he thinks I am biting him, when I hug him he thinks I am choking …

Nicole F.  Not rated yet
Oh. My. Gosh. My whole life, I have been such a picky eater, it's incredible. I always had such a hard time going to restaurants; I almost always …

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How to get diagnosed and helped Not rated yet
It's sad, but if my niece hadn't been diagnosed due in large part to my sister's unrelenting research and persistence, I would have lived my life thinking …

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist Not rated yet
My story is just in the beginning stages... I was working with a psychologist on social anxiety, and as I described the assault that an experience in a …

Wow Not rated yet
I've been diagnosed with panic d/o and depression, and have been medicated for years. ALL MY LIFE I have suffered from sensory issues. I am petrified …

Frustrated SPD Adult... Why not!! Not rated yet
Why not seperate all the SPD self help line questions into two categories... one for adults, one for children. I am an adult with severe, severe sensory …

Is This What I Have?? Not rated yet
I finally wrote about my problem on a parenting website and someone directed me here. I just thought it was normal the way I was feeling... like everyone …

Finding An Adult OT For SPD Evaluation Not rated yet
Thanks in part to your site, I realized I have SPD about a year ago. However, I live near Little Rock, AR, and cannot find any OT's in my region, let alone …

I'm 46 Years Old Finally Starting Treatment. What Took So Long? And, Is My Reaction To Therapy "Normal"? Not rated yet
The O.T. who I work with is the first to attempt helping me and even though I am an adult... she is a pediatric O.T. She said I was born with SPD and …

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