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Sensory differences

Sensory differences and Autism

We all have sensory preferences, things we like and dislike – For example, some people prefer sweet to sour tastes, bland rather than spicy foods, darkness rather than brightness or warmth to cold. We are all different in some way. For some people however, their sensory experiences can create significant problems to their everyday life, including their relationships and their ability to function in a similar way to other people.

We learn about our world through our senses. We are all exceptional in the way we perceive the world and this is unique for each person. This can result in us having a different response to others that are having the same sensory experience (Joy Beaney, 2021).

People with Autism may have sensory processing sensitivities related to the following:

  • Touch – tactile
  • Sight – visual
  • Sound – auditory
  • Smell – olfactory
  • Taste – gustatory
  • Balance & sense of movement – vestibular
  • Body awareness – proprioception
  • Inside body – interception
  • Hyposensitive (under sensitive) – sensory seeking
  • Hypersensitive (over sensitive) – sensory avoiding

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