Sensory issues can make it hard to cope with the world. I have sensory processing disorder. I hear things more loudly, I don’t like certain textures, I don’t like flashing, pulsing, or flicking lights, and I don’t like certain smells and tastes.
Autistic people with SPD can be overwhelmed by sensory issues. The best thing to do to help an Autistic person with sensory issues is to take them to a quiet and safe place.
Individuals with SPD and Autism need understanding and love. Patience is needed. Meltdowns and shutdowns from overload need to be seen as being overwhelmed, not as bad behavior.
Autistic people with SPD can either be hypersensitive to sensory stimuli, Hyposensitive to sensory stimuli, or they can be both hypersensitive to some things and Hyposensitive to others. Hypersensitivity is where the individual is hypersensitive to stimuli. An Autistic person with hypersentiviy to sound might cover his/her ears. An Autistic person who is Hyposensitive in hearing might not seem to hear you talk to him/her.
Often Autistic people with SPD are either hypersensitive or hypersensitive in the 5 senses. Touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight.
I again empathize that the best thing for a meltdown/shutdown/overload is to take the individual to a quiet place. The only thing that helps stop these things is being away from the sensory stimuli.
Sometimes it it feels as if the world is just too much for Autistic people with SPD.
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