October is National Sensory Awareness Month. As part of this national education effort, Inside Bainbridge is publishing a series on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), citing the latest research, information from experts in the field, and personal stories from parents, caregivers, and kids affected by the condition in our own community.

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Processing sensory information—we all do it all the time. We’re built for it to survive. And we all have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to “reading the world” through our sensory bodies.

Some of us are better at mapping—knowing how to navigate without getting lost, in the mall, the woods, the city. Some of us are good at reading the emotions of others—picking up on a range of cues, like tone of voice, body language, and tracking the typical vs. atypical behavior of people we know to detect their emotional states. Others of us specialize in noticing visual details, and we learn best and remember the most through our eyes. The list goes on.

Our Senses Working Over Time

In a world of 7 billion people, with cultures mixing; traditions shifting; technology and social media reinventing our lives by the day; increasing light and noise “pollution” in our work spaces, shopping centers, streets, neighborhoods, and homes; our senses are on overload. Places and time for quiet reflection have become, quite suddenly, rarities.

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