A great article, “DIFFERENT SENSORY
EXPERIENCES - DIFFERENT SENSORY WORLDS,” By Olga Bogdashina,
from this website, http://www.autismtoday.com/articles/Different_Sensory_Experiences.htm,
explains that sensory perception for the autistic person is
different for each individual. Not only that, “abnormal” sensory perception is also
one of the main traits that is identified with autism. Here are some quotes from the article:
do not respond in a way we expect them to, because they have
different systems of perception and communication.”
is worth learning how autistic individuals themselves consider
the role of sensory-perceptual difficulties they experience.
The personal accounts of autistic individuals reveal that one of
the main problems they experience is their abnormal perception
and many autistic authors consider autism as largely a condition
relating to sensory processing.”
makes the matter even more complicated is that no two autistic
people appear to have the exactly same patterns of
are some of the sensory perception difficulties for autistic
people? The article
lists the following:
Viewing things literally without interpretation.
to process background and foreground information. That is, when given the same task, can do the task, but not
apply it in a different situation. Autistic people like sameness very little change, and
and rituals help autistic people learn.
Hypersensitivity. Some may like quiet and others not. Some may prefer tight clothing and others not. Thus, it is sometimes difficult to adapt the surroundings
of the autistic child to meet every sensitivity.
sensory integration. That
is, when too many things need to be done at one time, this is
not helpful to the autistic person. It is better to break each skill down to its simplest
form so that each specific skill can be learned one at a time. This is proven in this incredible educational
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example, phrases, words or sentences may take weeks to process.
not like to be overloaded with too much information.
not like eye contact.
The article closes with this
thought or suggestion: “If
we accommodate the environment and try to ‘keep it clean’ in
order to meet their very special needs, the world could become
more comfortable for them. With sensory needs met, problem
behaviour becomes less of an issue. If there were no danger to
be attacked, you would not need defense.”
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