For many autistic children sensory processing CAN be problematic
Many autistic children are either hyper or hypo sensitive and can react adversley to sensory stimulation.
Sensory stimulation such as:
For many autistic children sensory processing can be a problem.
- Sight - visual stimulation - Bright lights, flashing lights etc
- loud noises, screams, bells ringing etc
- Touch - The feel of certain fabrics, clothes label, hot and cold etc
- Taste - certain foods, candy is a no no for many kids with autism
- Smell - Some smells can trigger anxiety, smoke etc
Having sensory difficulties is a common thing, but as typically developing beings we deal with these issues in a very different manner.
We reason and understand what our sensory processing issues are and we naturally cope with the sensory input. For example if someone speaks to us, our brains receive this information and recognise it as a normal sounding voice and we respond automatically in an appropriate manner.
Understanding how to reason out sensory difficulties for autistic children
Sensory processing difficulties occur when the individuals brain doesn't respond in the typical manner to the sensory input coming in.
So for example,
some autistic children can be over sensitive to sensation, the feel of fabrics and touch.
For these children it is generally a good idea to remove labels and choose clothing without raised seams etc.
Some children with autism spectrum disorder on the other hand have an almost insatiable desire for sensory stimulation and may need constant stimulation, they may for example use stmming, repetitive stereotypical movements such as rocking, head banging, finger flicking and on.
Many Sensory input difficulties CAN be overcome by using strategies and autism supports.
Using visual supports as a strategy has been proven effective.
Typically kids with autism ARE visual thinkers; this means that they think in pictures with images
as the first language and speech/words second
Therefore visual supports ARE going to be beneficial
Visual supports like:
Social skills stories
Visual social story cards
Have been implemented sucessfully as strategies for people on the autism spectrum struggling to managing sensory input issues and social skills deficits.
There ARE various methods for dealing with sensory difficulties in a child on the spectrum:
Visual Social Story Cards
Visual Social Skills Story Cards are
small laminated cards, generally
9cm x 12 cm in size.
The social story cards should be
colourful and use appropriate images
or pictures to show the child with ASD
what is happening and why.
The Visual Social Story Card can be
used much like a visual framework giving the child with ASD a chance to rehearse skills and behaviors that they struggle with.
Visual social story cards ARE portable and easy to use.
Choose 10 visual social story cards from a vast library of social stories
And pay just one small administration fee of $29.95 plus $4.65 p&p
All laminated and ready to use
Social skills stories
"Are not a cure", or indeed a magic wand, but they can help eliminate some of the sensory issues related to autism.
How can social stories help with the sensory issues related to autism?
On this site we offer help with autistic sensory issues such as:
- How to behave in Art class
- Flushing the toilet only once
- Having my hair cut
- Going to the dentist
- How to eat a meal with my family
- How I can ride the bus to school
- Dealing with the Fire drill at school
- I can try new foods
- Why I should not touch other peoples property
- Visiting my grandparents
- When the school bell rings
This help is in the form of an electronically delivered Ebook, of 11 social skills stories.
Obviously, these are not the only autistic sensory issues that occur in children with autism, the list maybe exhaustive. However many of our clients have suggested this small collection may be of help for some families. We are therefore offering this small collection of 11 social stories for download today.
All we ask is for YOU to cover our costs, a small fee of just $9.95! to cover our administration expenses.
What You Get
You get immediate download of 11 social skills stories for sensory difficulties
Which are visually rich, use appropriate first person language, can be edited, personalized and printed for convenience.
Written by experts in autistic sensory processing difficulties
Can be used o their own, together or with other social skils stories
Can be easily tweaked to suit all ages and abilities.