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Understanding Common Sensory Issues in Autism

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects individuals uniquely, and one of the most common challenges faced by people with autism is sensory processing difficulties. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the sensory issues that individuals with autism may encounter, shedding light on the reasons behind their reactions and providing insights for caregivers, families, and educators.

Difficulty with Changing Routines

Autism often brings with it a preference for consistency and predictability. Individuals with autism may find it challenging to adapt to changes in routines, whether it’s a shift in school schedules, work expectations, or daily routines. This resistance to change can cause distress and anxiety. At CWJR, our therapists are experienced in working with individuals with autism to help them navigate these transitions more smoothly, providing strategies to ease the process and reduce stress.

Fixation on Objects or Interests

Many individuals with autism exhibit a strong fixation on particular objects or interests. This intense focus can sometimes appear excessive or unusual to others. At CWJR, we recognize the importance of respecting these interests and incorporating them into therapy when appropriate. Understanding these fixations can also be a valuable tool for communication and engagement.

Hypersensitivity or Hyposensitivity to Sounds

Sensory sensitivities to sounds can vary widely in individuals with autism. Some may become overwhelmed or stressed in noisy environments and may resort to covering their ears to reduce the sensory input. Conversely, others may seem unaffected by sounds, even talking over others or being unaware that others are talking. Our therapists at CWJR are skilled in creating sensory-friendly environments and teaching coping strategies to manage these challenges.

Discomfort with Textures

The way individuals with autism perceive and respond to tactile sensations can differ significantly. Some may find certain textures of objects, including clothing, uncomfortable, resulting in a preference for specific textures or pieces of clothing. Others may dislike being touched by people or objects. Our occupational therapists are trained to address these challenges, helping individuals with autism build tolerance to different textures and improve their daily living skills.

Overpowering Sense of Smell

An overactive sense of smell is another common sensory issue in autism. People with autism may find smells overpowering compared to others. This heightened sensitivity to odors can be overwhelming and affect their daily lives. At CWJR, we work on strategies to help individuals manage their reactions to smells and incorporate sensory-friendly practices into their routines.

Visual Sensitivities

Visual sensitivities in autism can manifest in various ways. Some individuals may find certain visual stimuli, such as flashing lights, moving lights, or dimmed lights, overwhelming. Others may be hypersensitive to environmental modifications or become fixated on watching objects spin. Our therapists at CWJR are experienced in creating visually accommodating environments and providing support to manage these sensitivities.

Sensory Overload and Meltdowns

When sensory input becomes too overwhelming, individuals with autism may experience sensory overload, leading to meltdowns or shutdowns. These reactions are their way of coping with excessive sensory issues. Our team at CWJR specializes in teaching individuals with autism effective self-regulation techniques to prevent or manage sensory overload episodes.

If you or a loved one is seeking support for common sensory issues in autism, don’t hesitate to reach out to CWJR for comprehensive and compassionate care. We’re here to help you navigate these challenges and create a brighter future. 

Schedule a free consultation with us today and take the first step toward a more fulfilling life for your loved one with autism!

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