"Ask Sara" Blog

March 1, 2018

One of the things that a lot of our participants deal with on a daily basis is Sensory Processing Disorder. I wanted to write this blog post to help our volunteers understand how some of our participants process certain things, and how many of them are over sensitive or under sensitive to the world around them in an effort to help them understand why we see some of the reactions that we see in the ring everyday.

Our brains receive a steady stream of sensory information, like the smell of a meal cooking in the kitchen or the feeling of our clothing rubbing against our skin. When your brain receives this information it gives meaning to even the tiniest bits of that information. People with Sensory Processing Disorder have trouble keeping that information organized and responding to it appropriately. There is still very little scientific evidence as to why this happens and how many people are affected by it. Research using brain imaging is giving doctors a better understanding of what exac...

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