My name is Emily, I’m 25 and I have Sensory Processing Disorder also known and referred to as SPD. I am autistic (diagnosed November 2019, aged 25).
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 was on an NHS waiting list for an Autism assessment for 14 months (referred in September 2018) and I had my autism assessment on November 8th 2019. I found out I was autistic aged 25.
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.
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For more info on me and autism: A little (but important) Q&A
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