Does your child find many different foods repulsive?
Do loud, sudden, or piercing sounds startle your child?
Does your child beg for sunglasses even on a cloudy day?
Does your child panic when he has to go down an escalator or drive through a tunnel?
If the answer to many of these questions is yes, your child may suffer from sensory defensiveness, a common but often misdiagnosed condition that results from adverse reactions to what most people consider harmless sensations.
Developmental psychologist, Sharon Heller, sensory defensive herself, suggests that the best way for sufferers to cope is not psychotherapy or medication but a host of other treatments that tap into the primitive brain. As Heller explains in Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, there is hope for the sensory defensive.
In the publishing tradition of Driven to Distraction or The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing, this prescriptive book by Sharon Heller, PhD, sheds light on a little known but common affliction in which sufferers react to harmless stimuli as irritating, distracting or dangerous.
We all know what it feels like to be irritated by loud music, accosted by lights that are too bright, or overwhelmed by a world that moves too quickly. But millions of people suffer from Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD), a common affliction in which people react to harmless stimuli not just as a distracting hindrance, but a potentially dangerous threat.
Dr. Heller is the ideal person to tell the world about this problem that will only increase as technology and processed environments take over our lives. In addition to heightening public awareness of this prevalent issue, Dr. Heller provides tools and therapies for alleviating and, in some cases, even eliminating defensiveness altogether.
Inside this book, you will find an explanation of a touchy nervous system accompanied by levels of defensiveness from mild to maddening. Heller delves into the pychosomatic effects of sensory defensiveness and how these effects impact an individual across the life span. Heller offers a complete section dedicated to a sensory diet for the sensory defensive and moves into treatment suggestions including food to support the nervous system, breathing techniques and more.