About

My name is Emily, I’m 22 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!)

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 issues, mild OCD, hyperhydrosis and severe dyslexia (I was only assessed and told I was dyslexic when I was 19!). An occupational therapist 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 CAHMS (child and adolescent mental health service, NHS, UK) however I found these unhelpful and these made me feel worse.  I have found Occupational Therapy (OT) the most helpful form of therapy.

Read more / contact / follow me:

I am a published contributor on The Mighty website: http://themighty.com/author/emily-k/

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

23 thoughts on “About

  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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