This is the first in a three part series on Sensory Processing Disorder. This first post explains about what the disorder is and how it works. Future posts will detail how music therapy can help individuals who have this disorder, as well as resources online and in the community.
This is a topic that is rather personal for me, because I personally have sensory processing disorder, as well as some auditory processing issues. Unfortunately, these issues are not very well understood or researched, but I wanted to take some time to discuss what we do know.
What is Sensory Processing?
For every sense we have, there are two components-- the organ receiving the sensation (ie, your eyes, your ears, etc), and your brain processing that information.
Let's take sight as an example. When you look at something, light is bouncing off that object and into your eye. From there (and, yes, I am simplifying this quite a lot), the image is passed along the optic nerve to the part of the brain that processes visual information (the occipital lobe). There, your brain analyzes what you are seeing (say, a kitten), and then you are able to decide what to do about it.