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Autism and the Senses

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.

There are so many really useful resources including how to help, sensory profiles and ideas for minimising triggers which you can get to by clicking the link below.

Three key points to remember are:

Be aware. Look at the environment to see if it is creating difficulties. Can you change anything?

Be creative. Think of some positive sensory experiences.

Be prepared. Tell the person about possible sensory stimuli they may experience in different environments.

Check out more from the National Autistic Society about autism and the senses here: