Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults

Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults

Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults

Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults “Sensory integration disorder in adults? I thought it was a child’s disorder!” It’s true that the main focus of sensory integration disorder treatment is on children and teens, but sensory integration disorder also affects adults in similar ways. Now that sensory integration disorder in adults has been recognized, there is help for adults as well as children. Prior to treatment, one man described the sound of his loved one whistling as “a knife cutting through me.” After treatment, his brain can receive and process that information as pleasant, instead of painful.

Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults — No, I haven’t “outgrown it.”
The symptoms of sensory integration disorder in adults (also called sensory processing disorder) number in the hundreds, but the majority of adults regularly experience one or more of the following:

  • Smells and flavors can cause intense responses
  • Soft touch or embrace may “hurt”
  • Sounds may make them irritable and jumpy
  • Textures like wool, Styrofoam, and man-made fabrics are often uncomfortable

Because they have likely struggled with sensory integration disorder since childhood (which may have invited teasing or ostracizing) adults with this disorder may have learned to compensate, leading to some of the following:

  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Avoidance of tasks
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Fear of failure
  • Perfectionism
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Irritability in crowds
  • Sensitivity to loud, repetitive sounds
  • Fussy about clothing, uncomfortable in many clothing items
  • Prefers to be barefoot
  • Dislikes bracelets and watches
  • Easily overwhelmed

Sensory Integration Disorder in Adults — Solving the Problem, Not Just Treating the Symptoms
Treating sensory integration disorder in adults may include therapy focused on navigating difficult situations with appropriate responses. A specialist can assess the severity of dysfunction and begin therapeutic intervention to help improve functioning at work, home and other environments, as well as recommend activities to relieve stress, provide comfort, and increase awareness. Changes in routine, diet or environment to limit anxiety and disruptive or destructive behavior may also help.

But however it manifests, decades of research show that sensory integration disorder is essentially a result of weak cognitive skills, which are actually easy to identify and treat. With proper assessment and training, cognitive weaknesses can be addressed and corrected in life changing ways. If you or someone you love struggle with sensory integration disorder, strengthening weak cognitive skills through brain training may be the key to success. For assessment and long-term solutions for sensory integration disorder in adults, contact your local LearningRx brain training center today.

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