Adult Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms

I have struggled with Sensory Processing Disorder my whole life. I can remember being a toddler and how difficult it was for me to wear clothes and how loud everything felt for me and having meltdowns. 

Today, I still struggle quite a bit with SPD. I am always writing about children and Sensory Processing Disorder because I am a parent to children who have sensory challenges but it is not often that I write about being an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder. 

I had no idea about Sensory Processing Disorder until my daughter was diagnosed and I want to help others be aware of the symptoms because maybe they don't know they have Sensory Processing Disorder too. 

Here is a list of some Sensory Processing Disorder often seen in adults. These are not the only symptoms but this will give you an ideas of what the common symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder are. 

- dislikes smells 

- disorganized 

- accident prone or clumsy

- poor coordination

- sensitive to sounds

- struggles with going to the dentist or doctor

- poor posture

- struggles when plans change 

- sensitive to pain or don't notice pain at all 
- twisting and playing with hair

- overwhelmed when shopping in stores

- dislikes touch from others (hugging) 

- unable to tolerate bright lights

- excessively ticklish

- dislikes surprises 

- chews nails 

- difficulty sleeping 

- substance abuse

- low or high energy 

- struggles with motion sickness 

- dislike showers 

- loves scary rides or avoids rides 

- fidgeting and fiddling with things 

- struggles to wear different clothing textures 

- bathing and grooming difficulties

- poor attention

- rocks while sitting 

- refuses to eat some foods due to texture 

- prefers soft and comfortable clothing 

- struggles socially

- difficulty making decisions

- overwhelmed by crowds or large events 

- fear of heights

- fearful of using a elevator or escalator

- inability to ignore types of sensory input

- feeling overwhelmed or agitated

- difficulty understanding why you are upset

- struggles with balance 

- restlessness

- reactive to environments that are overwhelming 

- difficulty sitting still

- poor focus

- difficulties with relationships

- smokes cigarettes 

- needs routine and structure 

- poor problem solving skills

- panic and anxiety  

- struggles to drive or park a vehicle 

- experiences sensory overload 

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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