10 Things to Never Say to a Person with Sensory Processing Disorder
Unfortunately a person with Sensory Processing Disorder doesn’t just have to endure the frustrations and struggles that come with the way their brain is wired, but they also have to withstand many misinformed comments and phrases being thrown their way day to day. In fact, the truth is, they often struggle to find friends and have onlookers understand what they are going through. As a parent of a child with sensory processing disorder, I am often the recipient of the hurtful comments, however, I am not the only one. My son, and many others like him, often have to endure these things no one should ever say to a person with Sensory Processing Disorder.
I strongly believe the the majority of comments that people make are out of ignorance. They either have never heard of sensory processing disorder, or have never had to love someone who struggles with every day tasks. I have to believe they aren’t made out of meanness or intent to hurt. In fact, before I knew my son had sensory processing disorder and anxiety, I probably said a few of these phrases to him out of frustration. No, wait… I still say some of these out of frustration, and then I remember that I am not helping situations at all.
Sensory Processing Disorder is a frustrating disorder because it is silent. What this means is that often times, you would never know anything is “wrong” or different about the person who is struggling. In fact, many people that are classified as “gifted” are also struggling with sensory issues daily, yet they may never have a disorder that impedes on their daily lives. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful what we say to them.