About Autism Spectrum Resource
Raising 2 children that are on the spectrum and seeing the need, I started Autism Spectrum Resource, my home based business. I make soft and colorful weighted blankets, weighted collars and lap pads, fidgets and more. Most items are custom made for the individual. Children, youth and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder and other Autism Spectrum issues will find that most of the products can be very calming and soothing. Adults with Anxiety, Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome, PTSD, and other issues, also find weighted blanket to be very soothing, especially if you add a heated lap pad!
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
The condition used to be called sensory integration dysfunction.
Others with sensory processing disorder may:
- Be uncoordinated
- Bump into things
- Be unable to tell where their limbs are in space
- Be hard to engage in conversation or play
SPD problems are usually identified in children. But they can also affect adults. Sensory processing problems are commonly seen in developmental disorders like autism.
(SPD is not recognized as a stand-alone disorder. But many experts think that should change.)
Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder
SPD may affect one sense, like hearing, touch, or taste. Or it may affect multiple senses. And people can be over- or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with.
Like many illnesses, the symptoms of SPD exist on a spectrum.
In some children, for example, the sound of a leaf blower outside the window may cause them to vomit or dive under the table. They may scream when touched. They may recoil from the textures of certain foods.
But others seem unresponsive to anything around them. They may fail to respond to extreme heat or cold or even pain.
Many children with sensory processing disorder start out as fussy babies who become anxious as they grow older. These kids often don't handle change well. They may frequently throw tantrums or have meltdowns.
Many children have symptoms like these from time to time. But therapists consider a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder when the symptoms become severe enough to affect normal functioning and disrupt everyday life. WebMd