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My name is Emily, I’m 25 and I have Sensory Processing Disorder also know and referred to as SPD. (I started this blog when I was 21 hence the name 21andsensory!) So what even is SPD? Here is a professional explaination…

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don’t get organised into appropriate responses. 

Pioneering occupational therapist, educational psychologist, and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. 

A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks (More info here)

This blog is UK based and aims to bring people everywhere together to discuss their sensory problems and how they cope with their everyday lives. I want it to be recognised that sensory problems aren’t something children necessarily grow out of but learn to deal with for the rest of their lives. Comment on a post or let me know if there is anything you would like to see covered on the blog!

A bit more about me and my background: I also have anxiety/depression, mild OCD, hyperhydrosis and severe dyslexia (I was only assessed and told I was dyslexic when I was 19!). An Occupational Therapist (OT) diagnosed me with SPD when I was in primary school (I think I was around aged 8). I’ve tried lots of different therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and therapy sessions with CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service, NHS, UK) as well as self-funding private therapy sessions. Unfortunately I found these unhelpful and they made me feel worse. I have found OT to be the most helpful form of therapy.

I am currently waiting for an Autism assessment, I am on an NHS waiting list for this.

My personal life: I have a first class (BA Hons) Graphic Design degree. I am a Graphic Designer full-time working solo in-house at a cool company (well I think so anyway!). I love my job as it gives my days structure and routine.

Read more / contact / follow me:

For more info on me and autism: A little (but important) Q&A

Drop me an email anytime if you fancy a chat or have any questions: 21andsensory@gmail.com

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @21andsensory

My 21andsensory podcasts can be listened to here

I am a Chewigem Affiliate! They are company who have years of experience, designing, adapting and creating a range of chewing, fidget and sensory aids for children and adults.

Check out the Chewigem website



37 thoughts on “About me / Follow me

  1. Thank you for following my blog. I’m excited to follow yours. I’m the father of a 9 year old boy who is high functioning autistic. His biggest struggle is SPD though. He chews a lot. His biggest sensory struggle is clothing. There have been days he wouldn’t leave the house because he couldn’t tolerate the feel of any of his clothes. I hope to learn some things or at least understand him better by following your blog

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  2. Hi there

    I am an OT and would fancy having a chat to exchange ideas. ..please email me at wrzopel@yahoo.com and let me know when some good times. I also am a sensory sensitive person and am always looking for idead for calming input for all the anxiety disorder kiddos who are increasingly being diagnosed at younger ages (elementary school age) TY!!

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    1. I was assessed when I was 8 but I know many people who are aged between 20-50 who were assessed later on in life and found out about SPD or an Autism diagnosis…


      1. Sorry didn’t see this reply. Thank you for replying to my question. Do you know if these people had difficulties as children too or whether there difficulties just happened when they were older

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      2. That’s okay – not a problem. I’ve heard of a mix really. Lots of people completely undiagnosed until their 20/30/40’s and people who realised looking back on their childhood some of the traits they were showing or parents noticing little Sensory things here and there and only really finding out years later it related to sensory processing disorder.


  3. Hiya! I was just wondering… you mentioned that you have anxiety issues as well as SPD. Do you find that you get more “sensory” when you’re more anxious or is it just the other way round? I find I get super sensory in situations like exams where I’m more anxious, even though the sensory environment normally wouldn’t be that bad? If that makes any sense?


    1. Hey 🙂 thanks for your comment – yup I do indeed, I definitely get way more sensory when I am anxious and I also used to get super sensory before exams or I find my OCD gets a bit worse because I am under more pressure/stress. I totally get what you mean, it’s weird because the environment wouldn’t normally make you feel sensory but because you are dealing with the anxiety everything seems to ramp up sensory-wise…It does make sense 🙂 If you can find coping-mechanisms that work for you that may help? (I used to have extra time in exams because of my processing difficulties / dyslexia and I used to do all my exams in a tiny quiet room which was helpful) If you’d like to chat more about sensory things feel free to email me 🙂


  4. Hey Emily! I just discovered you on Reddit. Really excited to read your blog and be inspired for my own. I just launched my blog this past week called: The REAL Princess and The Pea- a girl living with Sensory Processing Disorder (www.sensoryprocessingprincess.home.blog). I’d love for you to check it out and maybe even collab sometime!

    Thank you for being so vulnerable about your life- it’s very brave and you are changing people’s lives. ❤

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    1. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for your lovely comment – so glad you stumbled across my little blog! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on yours too ☺️ it’s exciting you’ve started to document things. That really means so much – my sim when I started my blog was that if I could help just one person I’d be happy so that really made me smile 🙂

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