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This weekend, hubby and I were lucky enough to go up to Tettegouche State Park up in Northern Minnesota. Over the course of two days, we hiked about 20 miles and enjoyed the (mostly) quiet

Hey, look! An excuse to share one of the pics
from our trip to Lake Superior!

majesty of nature the whole time.

Our camp site had a little trail to one of the many rocky outcroppings of the lake, and in the evenings, we’d go down and sit on the boulders to watch the fog roll over the massive expanse of water. Two of the nights, we got to listen to the foghorn of the Coast Guard ship sent out to warn other vessels of their proximity to shore.

After we got back and unpacked, we went to see Pacific Rim. AMAZING movie, but talk about a nightmare for someone with auditory processing issues.

As I’d mentioned in the first entry of this blog, this is something I’ve struggled with since childhood. Over the years, I’ve noticed that in addition to a distinct inability to tune out background noises, I can’t handle high pitched noises, it takes a while for me to understand what people with deep voices said and my definition of “loud” is significantly quieter than that of others.

Seriously, some toilet flushes make me cringe because of their volume.

When it comes to movies like Pacific Rim, which involved some high pitched mechanical noises and monster screeches, I just can’t sit through them without cringing and covering my ears at points. I’m moderately surprised that it didn’t trigger a migraine, as that has happened in the past.

That said, I would still see the movie again in a heartbeat, but I’d probably bring ear plugs for the fight scenes.

This might be why I tend to be patient with kids who act up in public. Children with this type of disorder, whether it manifests in their auditory system, like mine, through touch or light, can’t always communicate what’s wrong. It’s a difficult experience for parents to deal with, too, especially when they can’t understand what it feels like.

Unfortunately, SPD is not an officially recognized neurological condition, despite ongoing research into the disorder and the experiences of countless people around the globe. This makes getting treatment difficult, and can throw a monkey wrench into getting health insurance companies to cover therapy sessions.

I’ll keep an eye out for organizations who will help with funding for testing and continued news about this.


A Recent Sensory Processing Disorder Story — 2 Comments

  1. My daughter was diagnosed with CAPD in high school. I wish we'd known many years earlier. Unfortunately not many understand it and finding treatment is extremely difficult. It's so refreshing to find your blog. You get it.

  2. I'm so glad the blog helps!

    I actually didn't find out about the disorder until a couple of years ago when I learned that it's often linked to dyslexia, so I just figured my problems were psychological or people who told me I was just oversensitive were right. It would have helped immensely when I was still in school. It ended up having a profoundly negative effect on my school and working life.

    Were you able to find help for your daughter?

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