The following excerpt was posted on the A Little Bit Different: Tourette Syndrome Facebook page, which is run by RuthieP — a blogger for Teens4TS. The excerpt is from a mother named Brandy, who has a question about her daughter and sensory processing issues. Can anyone help her out?
Can anyone on this page tell me more about Sensory Processing Disorder? We know Ansley does have some sensory issues. She has never been diagnosed with SPD, and I am not sure if I should get a diagnosis. Why might I need a diagnosis if I believe she has this? Are there pros or cons medically for a diagnosis? What type of doctor would she need to see in order to get the diagnosis?
On another note, she has the regular thoughts or feelings of things not feeling good as far as clothing goes. Coats that are heavy are not comfortable, 3/4 sleeves are NOT comfortable, bows in the hair are not allowed, and jeans have to feel just right in the waist, etc…
However, I have since learned that when she gets a small scrape, she acts like it is a horrible cut, and that could quite possibly be a sensory issue as well. Also, she gets very, very hot in the car but it is ONLY in the car and is almost always while I am driving (and rarely when my husband drives….HMMM). She also gets nauseated and vomits in the car at times but does not get nauseated on merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, roller coasters, swings, etc… I read this could also be a sensory issue.
I wanted to hear others’ take on these things and opinions, as well as what other sensory issues your viewers may have. The reason I am curious is because for so long I thought my daughter was overly dramatic (I know, bad mom award for that), but I am learning it may be sensory processing disorder.
Can anyone tell me how I would know the difference between SPD and car sickness, etc?? Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated!! I should say I feel like every day I am learning something new!