Autism And Sensory Overload

Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times. These sensory differences can affect behaviour, and can have a profound effect on a person’s life.

While most people can process background stimulation (such as people chatting or noisy cars), people with autism struggle to integrate and ignore this sensory information – lights are more piercing, sirens are more shrill, taps sound like thuds, clock ticks sound like hammers and patterns become dazzling.

The experience can obviously be very distressing...

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