Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Sensory Processing Disorder in Adults

Could your aversion to wool, scented candles, and crowded clubs be a sign of sensory processing disorder? Could clumsiness and the feeling that your body is just not cooperating get in your way? Take this self-test to better understand daily manifestations of SPD symptoms, and take the results to an occupational therapist trained in sensory integration.

Reviewed by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) disrupts the way the brain takes in, organizes, and uses the messages received through the eyes, ears, muscles, joints, skin and inner ears. This may mean that you find itchy tags unbearable, loud music intolerable, and perfume simply sickening. Alternatively, it may mean that you crave sensory stimulation through deep-tissue massages, winding motorcycle rides, or skydiving adventures. The manifestations of SPD are varied — and sometimes contradictory — making diagnosis difficult.

If you avoid hugs, hate flossing your teeth, just can’t tolerate scented candles, have always felt clumsy, or can’t get dressed without a mirror, take this self-test to better understand the daily manifestations of SPD symptoms. Then share the results with an occupational therapist or a medical professional who is knowledgeable about SPD for an evaluation.

Adapted from the SPD Foundation’s Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist designed to to screen the possibility of sensory processing disorder. Note: This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about possible Sensory Processing Disorder see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. Screener for personal use only.

1 comment

  1. I just want to caution people that this self-test is oddly specific in its choices for describing sensory processing issues, and is therefore quite limited in actual usefulness as an indicator. SPD doesn’t have to manifest like this at all in order to legitimately exist.

    Therefore, I encourage anyone who suspects that they have sensory processing issues to take their results here with a large grain of salt, and keep on learning/seeking professional input about spd regardless results if your experiences are telling you something may be up.

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