Always Learning Something New About Sensory Processing Disorder

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Today I learned something new about Sensory Processing Disorder: It is a “stand alone” neurological condition.

I had always thought that SPD had to be connected to another medical condition in order for it to be there, but I was wrong.

Here are the articles that helped me learn this truth:

Kids With Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Show Brain Wiring Differences.

Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis For Sensory Processing Disorder In Kids

This new knowledge just goes to prove a point we all need to learn: There will always be something new for me to learn about Sensory Processing Disorder.

This fact can be both frustrating as well as inspiring.

It’s frustrating because just when you thought you had read the last book, the last article and had filled up your information tank, something new is revealed about SPD that changes everything.

But it’s also inspiring because it is a never ending adventure that opens new worlds to explore about yourself and how SPD effects you.

So how do we keep learning?

1. Don’t be an information hermit:

It’s easy to go it alone and never reach out and connect with others who have SPD. To keep myself from being an information hermit, I connect with other people with SPD through a Facebook Support Group. Through updates from fellow SPD bloggers Facebook pages and many other ways.

(I learned of the above articles through one of my fellow SPD bloggers Facebook Page- Coming To My Senses)

2. Keep reading:

And I don’t mean keep reading this post (or do I?). Keep your eyes and ears open for any new books out in the stores that are about SPD. Sign up to a few SPD blogs (and not just mine). Check out new articles and studies being done on SPD. I know they can be a bit daunting at times with all the technical lingo, but they are worth hacking through all that in order to learn something new (and if you need help understanding them, go to step number 1 and ask around.)

Here are a few blogs I highly recommend for adults with SPD:

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Eating Off Plastic

3. Humble yourself…

I have this nasty tendency to think I know everything (and I doubt I’m alone in this). We need to remember we don’t know everything and must constantly humble ourselves in order to learn more.

I was homeschooled as a child and one thing I learned from the experience is that there is never and end to learning.

So go on, learn something new and come back and tell me about it! Sharing what you’ve learned is like sharing love; everyone needs to have both in their lives.

Is It a Sin To Get Angry From a Sensory Processing Disorder Overload?

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Many Christians and who deal with Sensory Processing Disorder have asked themselves, “Is it a sin to react to a sensory overload with anger or frustration?”  (Unsure what an Overload is? Click here to learn more)

Here’s the thoughts that often go through their heads:

  • It just happens too quickly for me to stop it.
  • I can’t stop the trigger and so I get frustrated because it’s like a cheese grater on my senses.
  • I really try, but it gets out of control.
  • My mind turns fuzzy too quickly for me to react any other way.
  • I really try, but I can’t seem to change my reactions.

Do you notice a common theme?- They tried to stop.

Anger caused by a Sensory Overload can be sinful depending on how we react to it.

Our natural reaction to SPD triggers is often anger, because it triggers that part of our brains, and sometimes that’s the only way our brain can react.

But we have been given tools to help us cope with our sensory triggers. We can use earplugs, noise canceling headphones, fidget toys, relaxing eye activities, and special tools like CoreDisks and Lap pads, which help sooth our senses so that our brain reacts in a better way.

God provided these tools to help us deal with our SPD in a good way.

It’s a temptation during a Sensory Overload to try to stick it out or behave like a “regular” person, but refusing to use the tools we have been given, is just as bad as getting angry.

We also have God to help us resist temptation.

His word says that there is always a way out of temptation, whether that is praying for strength, using sensory Extra image for SPD Angertools/toys, or getting out of the room and having some time alone. He will always be there for us and there will always be a way out of our temptation.

But we still need to remember that we aren’t perfect, which means that sometimes we will get angry and frustrated. When we do fail, we need to remember that we tried!

I believe that God is pleased with those who tried their hardest to keep anger under control, even if that ended in failure. There are many people out there who don’t even try.

We are all human, which means sometimes we will get angry. What truly makes a difference is how we decide to respond or react to that anger.


I’m curious?- what are some of the ways you’ve helped keep the anger at bay during an overload? Were their bible verses or prayers that have helped you deal with your anger over sensory triggers?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts and experiences on this.

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Here are some of the posts that link up with this one:

Part 1 Sensory Tools Explained– Fidget/Tactile tools specifically.

A helpful list of Sensory Tools and Toys

Overload Alert- Sensory Overload explained.

 

Embracing My Sensory Processing Disorder More- Thoughts on the 4th of July and Fireworks.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. I can already hear the Fireworks going off in the neighborhood.

Every pop, every bang sends chills down my spine and makes my SPD want to panic.

But this year, I’m not going to hide. I’m not going to fight my limitations, I am going to embrace them.

I stumbled upon a picture from one of my favorite childhood episodes of Clifford The Big Red Dog.

This photo is from the Clifford TV show, but the words were added.

This photo is from the Clifford TV show, but the words were added.

This picture is from an episode that is all about Clifford and Cleo trying to help T-Bone get over his fear and panicky reactions to loud noises. They want him to be able to enjoy the fireworks that evening and not have to hide away under his masters bed.

They spent the entire episode trying, but they find it is no use. T-Bone can’t be cured, but he can be helped. By the end of the episode we see the adorable scene pictured above. T-Bone happily enjoying the fireworks with earmuffs on.

My point is, it’s easy to run from your limitations. It’s easy to be scared of facing them. But our limitations shouldn’t keep us from living, especially when we have tools to help us.

So instead of dreading Fireworks and condemning them, try putting on noise canceling headphones, earplugs, or put your hands over your ears. The people around you who love you would much rather have you use these things than to not have you with them. You are important to them, no matter what tools you have to use.

This applies not only to the 4th of July, but to every day of our lives. Stretch your limitations, forgive yourself if you fail, and keep trying to live your life to the fullest!

I hope you all have a happy 4th and may God bless all of us who live in this great land.