What’s Your Sensory Type?
Dr. Winnie Dunn, in her new book called Living Sensationally, has determined a new way to classify people. Dr. Dunn is an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works with people who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a fairly new description in and of itself, divides people into 4 groups of sensory types: Sensors, Avoiders, Seekers, and Bystanders.
As some of you may know, SPD is often seen as a comorbidity to Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, Dr. Dunn contends that everyone, regardless of diagnosis (or lack thereof), has a sensory type. Much like Jung though, she emphasizes that people do not fall neatly into one category or another. It is possible to see yourself potentially in all of the categories, but there does usually seem to be one that has preference over the others.
SEEKERS enjoy going to firework displays; make noises such as humming and whistling; order or cook spicy food; tend to touch people when talking to them; walk around barefoot; change daily routines to keep them interesting; enjoy extreme sports.
BYSTANDERS are easy-going and not easily ruffled; have to be called several times to get their attention; miss signposts; may leave dirt on their face or hands; find scratches or bruises and don’t know how they got them; don’t notice clutter until someone points it out; don’t notice ambient noise; may wear clothing askew.
AVOIDERS leave the room when a crowd starts to gather; like their surroundings clean and tidy; keep curtains or blinds drawn or partially drawn; make narrow food choices; don’t like getting their hands mucky; select solitary leisure activities; wear gloves for messy chores; steer clear of shopping malls.
SENSORS are distracted by sounds; startle easily; are bothered by fast-changing images on TV; have precise ideas about clothing textures; repeatedly pick the same food in restaurants; prefer clean design in the home; select only a few chosen rides at amusement parks; notice minor changes in recipes; get motion sickness more than others.
I’d have to say that the one I align most closely with would have to be the “Sensor.” Maybe. Then again, I have definite traits out of the Bystander and the Avoider categories. I think it may be more like I’m a Avoiding Sensor with Bystander tendencies. *laughs*
I went swinging yesterday at a local park. I must remember to do that again. I was completely calm and non-stimming for about 30 minutes afterwards. And that was after only about 10 minutes of swinging!
I highly recommend it. As I said to a friend of mine yesterday, swinging is kind of like a quiet way of yelling. You’re really out there, but without the pesky noise. *tsks* Noise like yelling freaks me out. That’s probably why I have problems getting angry. I just know how much I dislike it just when I experience it, let alone do it.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list that you all may find worthwhile at some point someday. I’ve typed up all of my references for the content analysis that I’m writing and have devoted an entire page to them. The key words are “music” and “autism spectrum disorders.” I’m probably going to type up a whole other page just devoted to autism spectrum disorders’ sources too. I plan to keep adding onto these indefinitely. It’s highly likely that my thesis is going to be on this topic.
BTW, if you’re interested in Sensory Processing Disorder, here are a couple of names you may want to plug into Google: A. Jean Ayres and/or Lucy Jane Miller. I’ve also got some links on my sidebar. *points*