At the time, she was writing and producing her own NBC sitcom, working on the Two Broke Girls, and hosting her own talk show!
She was also in charge of managing almost 600 employees.
But she struggled with delegating and supervising others, hated to fire people, and had a hard time giving direct feedback.
When her doctor told her she was killing herself with overwork, people pleasing, and exhaustion, she went to counseling.
She discovered she had childhood trauma (PTSD) from growing up in an alcoholic family, and started a personal growth journey of EMDR therapy, equine therapy, and taking care of her health.
What she didn’t know (about PTSD, co-dependence, and how it was taking a toll on he health) was literally killing her!
What you don’t know about sensory processing differences in the autism spectrum may be killing you, whether you’re on the autism spectrum or not.
You and I should understand sensory processing because of its pervasive impact on living.
What Is Sensory Processing Disorder, and What Does It Look Like On the Autism Spectrum?
Per Wikipedia, “Sensory processing is the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.”
As a person with autism, you may experience challenges in one or more areas of sensory processing.
Here Are 4 Reasons You and I Need to Understand Sensory Processing
1. Sensory Processing Differences Are Common In The Autism Spectrum, Both For Children And Adults.
Various studies have shown that autistic children and adults often process information from their senses differently than others (neurotypicals).
For example, Drs. Tomcheck and Dunn compared 281 children with autism to their neurotypical peers, using the Short Sensory Profile (SSP). Ninety five percent of the sample of the 281 children showed significant differences from their neurotypical peers, with the greatest differences reported on the Underresponsive/
Seeks Sensation, Auditory Filtering, and Tactile Sensitivity. (Reference).
And these sensory processing differences continue into adulthood:
The present study assessed sensory processing in adults with ASD using the Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile (AASP), a 60-item self-report questionnaire assessing levels of sensory processing in everyday life. Results demonstrated that sensory abnormalities were prevalent in ASD, with 94.4 percent of the ASD sample reporting extreme levels of sensory processing on at least one sensory quadrant of the AASP. Furthermore, analysis of the patterns of sensory processing impairments revealed striking within-group variability in the ASD group, suggesting that individuals with ASD could experience very different, yet similarly severe, sensory processing abnormalities. These results suggest that unusual sensory processing in ASD extends across the lifespan and have implications regarding both the treatment and the diagnosis of ASD in adulthood. Sensory processing in adults with autism spectrum disorders – ResearchGate.
2. Sensory Processing Issues Can Make Learning and Communicating Very Hard
a) Learn about SPD and how it has affected your life.
Visit SPD Life and SPD Foundation to read, learn, and connect with others who understand sensory processing disorder.
b) Reframe your perspective on your daily actions, decisions, memories, and thoughts.
Reframe your perspective on your daily actions, decisions, memories, and thoughts. Now that you understand SPD, you will be able to see the many ways in which your life is formed around it, or even run by it. It may be a difficult revelation, as it can alter your whole outlook on yourself, but often, knowing which of your quirks have a sensory base will allow you to take the blame off yourself and improve your self-image. Changing the way you look at your behavior will allow you to navigate through life better and to anticipate when things may upset you.
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