Navigating Sensory Processing Disorder in Adults

Posted by Shannon on Jul 9th 2024

JULY 9, 2024

SPD Tips for Adults

Are everyday sensations overwhelming you? Sensory processing disorder doesn’t just affect children – many adults live with SPD too. Explore effective coping techniques like weighted blankets and a personalized sensory diet to regain control over sensory information

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Many parents ask whether Sensory Processing Disorder will go away as children get older. It depends. Some children will outgrow SPD as they approach adulthood. Others will find that it improves over time, especially when working with an occupational therapist, but that it never truly goes away. Others, still, will find that they will always struggle with the disorder.

The bottom line is that adults can experience hypersensitivity (over-responsiveness) or hyposensitivity (under-responsiveness) just like children can.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory processing disorder affects the way the brain receives and interprets sensory information. People with SPD may struggle responding to sensory input. Some people may become anxious in situations that trigger their sensitivities. Others may seek constant movement or stimulation.

Signs of SPD in adults

Signs of SPD in Adults

  • Difficulties with motor skills or coordination
  • Challenges with attention, organization, or regulating emotions
  • Feeling uncomfortable in clothes, especially socks and shoes
  • Feeling that lights are too bright or sounds are too loud
  • Adverse to some food textures or smells
  • Failing to notice social cues or personal space

Sensory Diets for Adults

A sensory diet supports the sensory needs of an individual, providing the person with sensory strategies to help regulation of sensory input and response. Some good examples of sensory diet tools include yoga, breathing exercises, weighted blankets, and use of stress balls or fidget toys.

Sensory strategies to help regulation of sensory input and response


Wearing comfortable clothes can also help to self-regulate. Adults can choose a lightweight, extra-soft t-shirt to wear under clothes to help overcome scratchy-feeling clothes. Leggings, yoga pants, or athletic pants or shorts often provide extra comfort as well.

A good pair of socks can go a long way in comfort for the foot, one of areas that frequently cause the most discomfort for people with sensory processing disorder. SmartKnit Seamless Socks for Adults provide the ultimate in comfort. Super soft and moisture-wicking yarns keep feet dry and comfortable. Completely seamless design eliminates pressure points.

SmartKnit Seamless Socks for Adults provide the ultimate comfort.


Like children, adults with sensory processing disorder, need tools in their figurative toolboxes to help them regulate their senses. A sensory diet, including things like seamless socks, may be all adults with SPD need. However, if SPD ever negatively affects your quality of life, get in touch with an occupational therapist who can help you navigate your SPD challenges.


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