The five types: examples
Each person has a different way of dealing with sensory input. You process input in a neutral way, you become aware of too little input (underresponsiveness) or of far too much input (overresponsiveness).
The behavior you see provides a lot of information about the person’s sensory processing. Below are examples of behaviors associated with the five types. We will, of course, be looking at the situations through SPi-glasses (which are glasses with which you look at behavior with Sensory Processing in mind).
Having a drink
We look at 5 types of people while they are having a barbecue.
- Oh wonderful, I love having a barbecue! I’m already looking forward to the spare ribs, I like them so much! And I saw a new recipe that we can try.
- Yeah there’s a slight chance it’ll rain. But anyway, let’s start outside and then we’ll see.
- I bought extra coals, because we were almost out.
- Nice, those funny napkins with texts.
- Spicy fish, that sounds delicious!
- Well done everyone, I’m enjoying it!
Actively underreponsive (is actively trying to get more input)
- Let’s have a barbecue tonight!
- I found new recipes, they all sounded delicious, now let’s see if they taste delicious too!
- Yes dude. We’re really going outside. If it does rain, we’ll just move everything inside. Right?!
- Yes, the grill is fully cleaned. The coals and matches are all already there.
- I bought very handy dinnersets, nice bright colors huh?! I like to mix them, otherwise it’s so boring if you have a plate, cutlery, cup and napkins all the same color.
- We’ll try the fish in 3 different ways; a spicy edition / another wrapped in serano ham (an idea from a caterer I spoke to recently) / and one for the kids with dill, not too intense.
- Did you know that you can roast pineapple with marshmallows on the barbecue? Shall we do that? We’re going to have such a great time! We’ll see how it’ll all turn out.
Passively underresponsive (is not trying to get more input)
- Oh yes, a nice barbecue.
- It’s great that you have all new recipes.
- Oh is it raining? It’s not so bad, is it?
- Oh. I never clean it, until the next time the barbecue is brought out… It works fine, especially if you make the grid hot first. Then it’s really easy to scratch the mess from last time off. See? Just like that!
- Oh, sorry… Was the blue plate yours? I thought… I have a blue cup… so….
- I’ll have the spicy fish, I like it hot and spicy! Yes please, some of that serrano fish too.
- Yeah sure, I’ll put the pineapple on the barbecue. Who ever came up with that idea, to combine pineapple with marshmallows on the barbecue? Funny.
Actively overresponsive (is calming themselves)
- Yes… barbecue. Okay then. At your place?
- I always make the same thing. Marinated vegetable skewers, marinated chicken and shrimp. I love it!
- Shouldn’t we eat inside? It looks like it’s going to rain. And then it’ll be such a hassle. No need for all that right? Inside is also nice.
- I’d rather not clean the grid. That grease and dirt on my hands, yuck! I’ll tend to something else, okay?
- I like having everything in purple. My favourite colour.
- Are there bones in it? Just a small piece, without bone please. The one for the children please, I’m sure it’s very tasty.
- Whát are you going to put on the barbecue? Won’t it get all sticky?
Passively overresponsive (is not calming themselves)
- Nice, barbecue!
- I try something new every now and then, but it doesn’t often turn out well and then I go back to the familiar things.
- Inside or outside? I don’t care. (Later: “Do you have a jacket or something for me? I had not counted on it being such a cool evening.”)
- Shall I clean the grid then? (…) Oh, that’s yuck, I’m covered in grease now.
- Red? No, I prefer light blue or green, I like soft colors.
- Oh wow! That spicy fish is really hot, I didn’t expect that. Water! And the serrano fish is also very tasty. Oh, I do feel a lot of bones.
- Oh, that’s funny! Pineapple with marshmallows on the barbecue. Yes, just a little bit please. Very sweet actually, but a small piece is nice.
Having a drink