Celebrities living with sensory processing disorders
Children with sensory processing disorders are vulnerable to discrimination in our societies. This is mostly due to stigma. There isn’t enough public awareness regarding their plight. As a result, a number of people may treat them with disregard and look down upon them.
These children may be oversensitive. For some children, loud noises or bright lights agitate them. These children may also be under sensitive. They might do things for stimulation like bumping into things just for pressure.
Some children may outgrow these disorders completely as they grow older. Others, however, may learn how to cope with them. Such is common in autistic children.
Occupational therapy helps. Through it, one learns how to cope with sensory processing disorders. For instance, they’re equipped with knowledge on what to do in cases of over stimulation. Through occupational therapy, these children are able to live normal lives as they grow to be adults.
These children are very capable of achieving their hopes and dreams. They are also deserving of that. Here are examples of celebrities who have continuously shown that they are capable:
- Michael Phelps
A swimmer by profession, known and celebrated for being an olympic gold medalist, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of 9. Swimming was a way to help him cope as he used it as a way of shedding off excess energy. Throughout his career, he demonstrated that one could achieve greatness despite having these disorders.
- Demi Lovato
She is a Disney star and musician. She has been on front pages for her music and acting career. What most don’t know is that she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Despite that, she has still excelled in her career.
- Whoopi Goldberg
She is a celebrated actress, author, comedian and radio host. As an adult, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. However, she did not know that when she was younger, forcing her to drop out of school at 17. With the help of a teacher who was caring, she was able to build confidence and skills, which have helped her thrive.
- Joe Biden
The most famous president in the world, Joe Biden. He is the leader of one of the most powerful economies and states in the world. He is also a great orator. That is despite the fact that he struggled with stuttering. He, however, did not give up and practised in the mirror a lot. He also had a great support system.
From the celebrities named, we can see that children with these disorders are very capable of achieving their dreams. It is important for them to be ambitious and proud of themselves. It is also vital that they have a strong support system which encourages them to dream and grow.