An Overlooked Population: Adults with Sensory Modulation Disorder

Jessma Barrani, University of Utah

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Abstract: This paper brings to light the physical, emotional, and social difficulties experienced by children and adults with Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD). SMD is a subtype of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a condition in which a person’s perception and their responses of sensory stimulation are atypical to the stimulus (Miller & Benjamin, 2013). Sensory modulation disorder is defined as difficulty modulating and regulating the degree, intensity, and nature of responses to sensory input. Their uncharacteristic response prevents them from adapting to the demand of everyday life (Kinnealey, Koenig, & Smith, 2011, p. 320).

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