Provides professional guidance for practitioners in educational support roles, and offers tools and strategies for working confidently with pupils from across the autistic spectrum.

Working with Sensory Differences

Working with sensory differences

This chapter looks at the contribution of 7 senses to the common sensory differences of the person with ASD. Practical suggestions and hints are made to try to alleviate some of the more acute differences that people with ASD report.

People with ASD have contributed much to our insight into sensory differences (Williams, 1992, 1996; Lawson, 2000; Grandin, 1995a, b). They report that all of their senses can at some time be affected by distortions and disturbances, making their experiences very different from ours. Consider the average birthday party and its sensory stimulation:

  • Overexcited children
  • An array of tempting food
  • Loud party games
  • Balloons
  • Presents and present wrappings
  • Unpredictable movements
  • Games, prizes and winning
  • Not knowing when it's going to end

Now consider how you might feel if ...

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