Jessica processes sensory information differently
Her brain is interpreting the touch input from brushing her hair and cutting her nails more intensely (and potentially more painfully) than other people do.
She finds certain noises unbearable. This stops her from being able to participate at lunchtime. It seems that Jessica’s brain is interpreting sound more intensely than others too. This is a sign of auditory sensitivity.
Jessica presents as having difficulty with modulating touch and noise sensory inputs. Therefore, it is likely she has over-responsivity (sensitivity) in both touch and hearing. There may also be some sensitivity with her vestibular system.
She finds learning new activities hard and struggles to plan and organise. Some sensory messages from her body aren’t connecting smoothly to allow her to join in. This could mean she also has dyspraxia.
Signs of Sensory Issues – SPD Symptoms and Checklists
As we outlined on the What is SPD? page, unfortunately, SPD does not yet formally exist as a stand-alone diagnosis. Many of the challenges and behaviours we list in these checklists occur alongside other conditions. It is important to remember every child (or adult) who experiences sensory issues is different. There is no one size fits all. This also means there is not one treatment strategy that fits all. It is hoped that these checklists provide a starting point for you to consider if a behaviour might be linked to an underlying sensory issue. We always recommend you seek out extra support from professionals rather than using these lists to self-diagnose. In addition, we recommend you look at the additional resources and references below for more information.
This table gives examples of behaviours you might observe for the different types of responses. Use the tabs to look at the different responses. There are also sensory checklists at the bottom which you can also download.