Aspergers In Kids: Sensory Issues

Aspergers In Kids Dubai | Over Or Under Sensitivity To Sensory Inputs Can Cause Your Child Discomfort

Aspergers in kids Dubai: Identifying sensory issues causing discomfort, how it can affect behaviour & how to manage it

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Aspergers in kids Dubai: Identify sensory issues in children with Aspergers Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is seen at the high end of Autism Spectrum Disorders. They may have average intelligence and apparently normal language but have difficulties with social communication and social behaviour.

Another area of difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome is processing everyday sensory information. Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times. These sensory differences can affect behaviour and can impact a person’s life.

A person who struggles to deal with everyday sensory information can experience sensory overload or information overload. This overload can result in stress, anxiety, and even physical pain. The child may then withdraw or have tantrums. If a child is having a meltdown remember it may be because of sensory overload.

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Aspergers In Kids Dubai

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Aspergers in kids Dubai: Sight

Over-sensitive
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Focus on details rather than whole and distorted vision
Under-sensitive
  • Dark
  • Blurred images
  • Difficulty with depth perception so clumsy in catching and throwing
Adaptations

Changes to the environment such as

  • Reducing fluorescent lighting
  • Providing sunglasses
  • Using blackout curtains
  • Creating a workstation in the classroom – a space or desk with high walls or dividers on both sides to block out visual distractions.

Aspergers in kids Dubai: Sound

Under-sensitive
  • May ignore certain sounds
  • May enjoy banging doors or toys
Over-sensitive
  • Sounds can be distorted
  • Over-magnified and distracting
Adaptations
  • Shut doors and windows
  • Block sounds with help of earmuffs or music
  • Seat child far away from crowd

Aspergers in kids Dubai: Taste

Under-sensitive

May like very spicy foods or pick up things from the ground and put in their mouth- PICA.

Over-sensitive
  • Eat restricted and bland foods
  • Eat only pureed foods

Aspergers in kids Dubai: Smell

Under-sensitive
  • Fail to notice their body odour
  • Lick things to get a sense of it and get attracted to strong smells like that of  faeces
Over-sensitive

Smells may be overpowering and may resist toileting or people with perfumes

Aspergers in kids Dubai: Touch

Adaptations
  • Using weighted blankets or sleeping bags
  • For chewing
  • Offering latex-free tubes
  • Straws or hard sweets
Under-sensitive
  • Has a high pain thresh hold
  • Holds others tightly
  • Needs heavy blankets
  • Chews things
  • May not feel the food in the mouth
Over-sensitive

Touch can be painful and uncomfortable

  • The child may not like to be touched
  • Dislikes having anything on hands or feet
  • Difficulties brushing and washing hair because head is sensitive
  • May find many food textures uncomfortable
  • Only tolerates certain types of clothing or textures
Adaptations
  • Warning the child before touching them
  • Always approach them from the front
  • Remembering that a hug may be painful rather than comforting
  • Changing the texture of food (eg purée it)
  • Slowly introducing different textures around the person’s mouth, such as a flannel, a toothbrush, and some different foods
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Aspergers In Kids: Sensory Issues was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Wilma Gervacio

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