An autistic person’s brain may struggle to receive and respond to information collected through their senses. This impacts on how they respond to the world around them, in their speech, their feelings and motor skills.

Some people are hypersensitive, where the slightest pitch higher in an everyday noise might cause serious discomfort. Some are hyposensitive and may require especially strong pressure when feeling something or intense taste when eating to engage with what they’re doing.

Sensory overload is a problem many of us on the spectrum have experienced at some point. Awareness of just how sensitive autistic people are to stimuli is an important step forward in being autism-aware.

We’ve compiled a list of videos from around the web to show what good sensory awareness means and what you can do to put into practice.

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY – CAN YOU MAKE IT TO THE END?

EDUTOPIA

MENDABILITY 

THE MIGHTY

INTERACTING WITH AUTISM PROJECT – SENSORY OVERLOAD

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