SPD in TEENS and ADULTS

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) impacts not only children, but teens and adults as well.  It is not something one “grows out of”. Even for a child who has received treatment and support, new challenges often arise as a child moves into the teenage years.  A teenager experiences many life changes as their body physically changes and their level of independence and responsibility grows.  Adults also face life changes that can impact their functioning and coping skills.

There are also teens and adults who were never diagnosed with or received treatment for SPD. They have been struggling for years to deal with and understand their challenges managing the sensory world around them.  Sensory Processing Disorder in teens and adults will impact daily life, including school, work, relationships, and hobbies.  Adults and teens with SPD may also experience secondary challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and/or social challenges.  Sensory Processing Disorder, especially as a teen or adult, can leave one feeling misunderstood, alone, and/or different.

The goal of treatment for teens and adults is to improve quality of life, so that one feels happy and fulfilled. Treatment may include Occupational Therapy, as well as listening programs. Treatment will work towards helping one better understand their differences, feelings, and needs. Treatment will also work on changing the way sensation is perceived. Finally, treatment will help find strategies to better manage the sensory world.

RESOURCES

WEBSITES

RACHEL SCHNEIDER on SPD

  • Written by an adult with SPD providing information and resources for kids and adults with SPD

SPD LIFE

  • A website dedicated to providing information and support for adults with SPD

SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER CHECKLIST

  • Checklist providing signs and symptoms of SPD in adolescents and adults

THE SPIRAL FOUNDATION

  • Free downloadable handbooks for teens and young adults dealing with sensory integration challenges

BOOKS

UPTIGHT AND OFF CENTER

  • How Sensory Processing Disorder Throws Adults Off Balance and How to Create Stability - by Sharon Heller

TOO LOUD, TOO BRIGHT, TOO FAST, TOO TIGHT

  • What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World - by Sharon Heller

THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD GROWS UP

  • Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years - by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller

MAKING SENSE

  • A Guide to Sensory Issues - by Rachel Schneider