An adult...and a recovering SPDer
(Warwick, RI USA)
I am a mom, and I have always had SPD due to hydrocephalus and an apparent birth injury which also resulted in epilepsy. I'm nearly 42 now, and when I was growing up, of course nothing was known (certainly not by laypeople) about SPD. It would be years and years before anyone in my family could appreciate it, and by then, things like food texture issues, food smells, and sudden, loud sounds were things I had (mostly) learned to cope with.
Even today, though, I'm still mildly to moderately picky about my food (which is a real problem now that I have a Celiac dx and have to get rid of sugar!), but I'm learning to deal, and I feel a lot better than I did 4 months ago. I'm even losing weight again!! I still have difficulty tolerating loud, high pitched sounds (EBS tests on TV and radio are immediately turned OFF), and if I'm bumped into (or physically "moved out of the way," as my husband once attempted to do), I can still panic for fear of falling due to my balance and perception issues.
My son is 14, high-functioning autistic, and (of course) also has SPD. His issues are much more severe than mine ever were, but I'm slowly succeeding at changing his diet and helping him deal as well. I keep hoping that with the interventions he's been getting, he'll eventually do as well as I have, since I had none. (Curiously, he has Chiari Malformation, which is a close cousin to hydro and makes me even more certain that anyone with serious SPD needs an MRI to find out why they have it.)
What I'm wondering now is if there is any help for someone my age who still wants to improve in ability to cope with SPD. Even if it isn't able to help me much (and I don't need a lot of help), maybe it can help others I know.