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Saturday, October 9, 2010

30 SPD Facts in 30 Days -- Fact #11

What are some signs of Sensory Processing Disorder?

Signs Of Olfactory (smells) Dysfunction:

Hypersensitive:   Bothered or nauseated by cooking, bathroom and/or perfume smells; may refuse to go places because of the way it smells; chooses foods based on smell; notices smells not normally noticed by others.

Hyposensitive:  May not notice unpleasant or noxious odors; smells everything when first introduced to it; may not be able to identify smells from scratch 'n sniff stickers.

Remember that inconsistency is a hallmark of this disorder, so you may find yourself/your child being hypersensitive one day and hyposensitive another day and on yet another day seem completely normal.  For a more complete checklist of symptoms, click here.

This is one of the systems that has the least challenging effects for Josiah.  I wouldn't say it works perfectly (he does tend to be on the oversensitive side and very frequently comments on how things smell, both good and bad) but it doesn't seem to get in his way terribly much.  He certainly chooses foods based on smell (we learned that the small of Fava flour baking in gluten-free breads was completely intolerable, and he would not only not eat the bread, he woudln't eat much at all while he was smelling it!).  He also notices and points out smells in our daily life that many others might not even notice.  Fortunately, it doesn't seem to hold him back much -- he doesn't get nauseated or refuse to go places based solely on smell.  We're grateful to have at least one system that doesn't require a ton of special consideration (beyond the menu) on a daily basis!
Don't forget to stop by Hartley's Life with 3 Boys to read 30 Stories in 30 Days, guest blogs from 30 different families about their experiences with an SPD child.

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