Sensory Integration Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Just imagine some or ALL of your senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch) being partially or completely out of WhAcK!! The light is too bright or not bright enough. The sounds are too loud or muffled. You can smell the scent of every person in the room so intently that it makes you queasy and sick. Or your sense of touch is blocked and you can’t feel enough… you’re rough, because it may take that roughness to feel “normal.” But to others, you just seem strange… they have no clue someone could feel this way.
As I watched my son play basketball on a team for the very first time, I saw a multitude of emotion within him. He was excited to have friends surround him, but he was completely stressed with his inability to process the game of basketball and his expectations for the game and his teammates. That, coupled with his inevitable sensory overload made me think of how alone he felt in his crowd of new teammates. Thankfully, he has some great teammates who are working to help him learn the game and his expectations!