Sensory Sensitivity

Food challenges

The National autistic society (NAS) has a page about supporting autistic people with eating difficulties.     Click icon to browse and look for the Sensory sensitivity heading.

Leicester NHS has a page about eating and drinking difficulties for autistic people.     These include a couple of sensory issues.     There are weblinks at bottom, including the NAS top tips.


  Noise sensitivity

The NHS has a webpage with a simple guide to noise sensitivity.     They recommend relaxation techniques to ease the sensitivity, among other things.

One NHS trust has produced a more detailed guide to helping a child with sensitivity to noise.

 Click icon to view.     Also, here are some tips from an NHS occupational therapist.

Tap button to download, then open in PDF viewer.  

Download PDF – 220KB

Also, this page from Tinnitus UK may help to untangle one or two things.new

Sensory library

Linkage has a sensory toy library.      When they set it up they said, The Linkage Sensory Library is a new venture that will bring fun, learning and the therapeutic benefits of using sensory equipment to people with disabilities, including those with learning difficulties, across Greater Lincolnshire.      Click icon above to find out about their outreach bus.

Formal referrals are not necessary.      Parents, professionals, relatives and the person seeking provision are able to contact us to enquire about our services.

   Click icon for their catalogue of sensory toys.

See also Linkage entry on a specialist FE association website and their Facebook page.

 Sensory differences

Click icon to see an article from the National Autistic Society.      They say that many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information.

  • It covers many possibilities.
  • Senses may be over or under sensitive.
  • Therapies are listed at the bottom
  • Further reading too

  Sensory processing disorder

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is another name for the condition referred to using similar names like Sensory integration difficulties.     Click icon above to find out what is what from Sensory integration education.     

They are UK based, and provide post-graduate training in sensory integration.      See about us,      Click icon on the right for their guide to accessing a practitioner. 

  • The Star instituteUSA has a concisely presented page:  What is SPD? 
  • The Star instituteUSA has a couple of concisely presented pages:  What is SPD?         SPD and other conditions – such as autism.
  • SPD was developed out of Sensory integration.    SPD has some additional elements.    Have a look at:  The difference 
  • Stimming can be a useful coping mechanism for people with sensory sensitivities.    For coping with sensory overload see our Why does that happen? page.

 Online resource

The Sensory Processing Disorder website seems to have an international reach.      For example see:  UK mum.      Click icon for an introduction. 

See: Q & A for the question and answer page, then scroll down for previous posts.      You can post a question of your own if it has not already been answered.      See also:  About me 

 Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists may be able to help children and adults with sensory issues.      Where might they be found?       Click icon to help find out.

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