SPD in older individuals?

by Noelle
(Baltimore, MD, USA)

How likely is it that an 18 year old with mild Tourette's and self-diagnosed OCD tendencies has an auditory SPD, or had it and never grew out of it, but learned to better deal with it?


I hear lamps, TVs, almost every other electronic, more clearly than any friends or family, and those sounds in addition to other seemingly not annoying sounds such as my sister humming or dishwasher noises continuously distract and bother me. I'm always being told to "ignore it."

Is SPD only seen in younger infants and children who haven't developed fully, or can it stick around longer?

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Jan 22, 2012
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by: Anonymous

i think we are just beginning to understand sensory processing issues on a level that's never been addressed before. part of that is due to the rise in autism because all people on the spectrum have some sensory processing challenges.

so that said, i would say that you've probably had it all along as you've mentioned. you have heightened auditory sensations. there are resources available to help learn ways to cope and deal effectively with these types of triggers. you may want to make an appt. with an occupational therapist for some of those resource ideas and there is a lot of reading on this type of thing as well.

good luck!

Jan 17, 2012
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16 year old
by: Holly, Winter Park

My son is 16 and has all of the issues you have and he seems to be getting worse...I am sorry to say. (but that is only because he won't help himself) However, I do believe that if you are willing, there is help...like cd's that can be listened to that help you tolerate sounds better...I think if you are willing to help yourself...you can help yourself get better...wishing you much luck

Jan 16, 2012
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I'm 24 with tourettes, ocd aspergers, and SPD
by: Anonymous

I am 24 years old and have tourettes, ocd, aspergers, and was just diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. I am trying to access supports for this disorder. I have problems with touch and auditory. my clothes have always been a big problem for me (tags,jeans, shoes, seams on socks) also i am very sensitive to sounds. I can't have music on too loud, when people chew their food to loud or when they gulp down a drink, the sound makes me want to shiver. so to answer your question yes an adult can have SPD, but it is best if caught early. Unfortunately it wasn't caught earlier enough for me and am really struggling to get through the work day, and i'm sure my parents and sister must be losing their mind with me right now. but hopefully i can get some help, so i can gain full potential of my life. hope this is the answer you were looking for. If you haven't already talked to your parents about this, and if you feel comfortable, i would urge you to share this, and give them some links about sensory processing, just like this website. I wish you the best of luck :)

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