Sensory Stories # 54: Autism spectrum disorder and their sensory worlds

Posted: 6 September, 2022

By: Annemarie Lombard


In this video, Annemarie talks about the sensory side to autism spectrum disorder  (ASD). After working as a therapist for children with ASD for 15 years, she began working with adults as well.

There’s an old book called “Soon Will Come the Light” by Thomas McKean, who beautifully explains how people with ASD experience the world. Consider heavily sensory overload – lights are brighter, sounds are sharper, harder, touch actually creates painful experiences, smells can be overwhelming, taste could be uncomfortable and even movement or space in their bodies can be disorientating and disruptive.

When we talk about sensory overload in the ASD world, it is a very real and relevant idea. It is thus important for someone on the ASD spectrum to understand their sensory thresholds. Understanding that, working through a level of anticipation, and avoiding stimuli overload are key. Self regulation is how one can control how they experience their environment, how they can use their body and brain to curb the irritation and disruption that sensory overload often causes. Let Sensory Intelligence® make life easier, reduce that sensory overload and help you to understand what, when and why you should do something.

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👩🏼‍🎓 Annemarie has a PhD in Occupational therapy, Health Sciences and continues to be fascinated by sensory processing and the impact it has on our lives. She works with a dynamic team and a group of licensed users of the Sensory Intelligence® tools. She has also written a book, “Sensory intelligence, why it matters more than IQ and EQ”, which you can buy here.

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