Adults & Adolescents
Receiving therapy as an infant or child is often helpful for both the child and family, but what happens when that child grows into and adolescent or adult and has continued or new sensory processing symptoms? At Sensory KIDS we work with both adolescents and adults with first time intervention to develop new strategies to cope with SPD. For those who have had therapy in the past but are having increased symptoms, a “tune up” may be helpful to increase self-understanding or learn techniques to help adapt to new or different situations.
Occupational therapy, even as an adult, can significantly improve your function and well-being. At Sensory KIDS we believe that having fun, engaging in relationship, and improving self-esteem are among the most important goals. Sensory processing and regulatory disorders stand in the way of these goals and may be greatly improved with intervention. We will help you understand your differences and individual needs, and how to best support them. Knowledge and understanding are powerful tools in helping you feel empowered and hopeful that you will succeed and be happy.
Signs to Look For
If the following signs are severe enough to disrupt your ability to interact with others or your environment, or if many of these sound familiar, you may be having sensory or regulatory challenges.
- Anxious in public places, especially if crowded or noisy
- Difficulty concentrating in over-stimulating work environment
- Dislike being held
- Can’t seem to calm down
- Distracted by background noise
- Dislike baths or grooming
- Poor sleep patterns
- Avoid eye contact, difficulty focusing on objects or people
- Upset by sudden or unexpected movement
- Don’t tolerate new foods
- Decreased tolerance of sunlight or bright lights
- Upset by dirty hands or face
- Sensitive to sounds others don’t seem to be bothered by
- Difficulty engaging in social situations; spend most of the time as an observer, don’t interact much with others
- Feel overwhelmed or exhausted when over stimulated
- Easily startled by unexpected touch or sound