So far we’ve covered two challenges common to those with the Autism diagnosis: Flexibility and Social Interactions. Sensory Processing can also be challenging for people with ASD. Individuals on the spectrum can experience a hypersensitive response or an under-sensitive response.
The definition of hypersensitive, according to merriamwebster.com is “excessively or abnormally sensitive.”
Under-sensitive or hyposensitive also according to merriamwebster.com is “exhibiting or marked by deficient response to stimulation”.
Here’s how issues with Sensory Processing might look:
- Strong dislike of loud noises possibly causing fear or anxiety in returning to an area where a loud noise was experienced.
- Poor reaction to fluorescent lighting, seeking to turn it off or avoiding areas with it.
- Feeling sick due to strong odors. For example, when someone with perfume walks by, or a certain food is cooked may cause someone to avoid the person or area associated with the smell.
- Very specific tastes in food, or a strong gag reflex.
- Particular about the types clothing materials they will wear.
- Reluctance to touch items that are a certain texture (sticky, tacky or rough).
- Speaking loudly and creating lots of noise in quiet environments.
- Enjoyment watching spinning objects or flickering lights.
- Sniffing papers, pencils, or any number of objects for comfort.
- Eating very strongly flavored foods.
- Craving working with messy materials like paint and clay.
At Independent with Autism, we work with people that have ASD/ Asperger’s Syndrome to create friendly environments and reducing awkward and possibly dangerous situations. We can also work with you to help alleviate sensory processing issues. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-275-9413 for more information.