Sensory Sensitivity

SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder is the newest term for the condition that you may see  referred to using similar names like Sensory Integration Difficulties.            Click icon to find out about it.            See also:  What is SI?         ConferencesUK        Star Institute          What is SPD?          SPD and other disorders           Q & A – e.g.  UK mum

Quiet clinic

Specsavers in Lincoln High Street, LN5 7DW, will be holding its first clinic on Sunday 6th August 10am until 4pm with the next one being on Sunday 3rd September and then the first Sunday of every month,            These clinics have been planned in consultation with local support groups such as Canadda and PAACT.            Click icon for more information.

 

The Reflective Aspie

A relaxed and un-cluttered version of the GAIN website addressing adult concerns and interests.             Click thumbnail on the right to browse.

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For coping with sensory overload see Challenging behaviour.

Sensory differences

Click icon to see an article from the National Autistic Society.               It covers many possibilities.              Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information.       Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times.

Too much information can cause stress, anxiety, and possibly physical pain.       This can result in withdrawal, challenging behaviour or meltdown.

Some people say they find coloured filters helpful, although there is only very limited research evidence.

HaircutHaircut

There is no shortage of advice for coping with sensory sensitivity when getting a child’s hair cut.

A haircut technique

One barber has developed a unique technique where he will cut a child’s hair during long periods while sitting on the floor, on window sills or even in the car.            See article with video clip.

Going to the dentist

  • This article was written by an autism parent after a trip to the dentist.                 The first half of this is the How Did We Get Here part.          The second is How Can You Maybe Get Here part. 
  • Many of us dread the thought of visiting the dentist but for people with autism and/or learning difficulties it can be an especially challenging experience.                  See:  helpsheet

Sensory library

Linkage has a sensory toy library.           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 on the left for more information.           They have sites in Toynton, Grimsby and from September 2017, Lincoln.            They also have a touring bus.            See also website.

Ear plugs

Vibes are earplugs that are designed not to block outside noise, but to lower the volume.          Like many people with autism, Noah, From Ohio, hears noises much, much louder than the rest of us.          His father says Noah first tried them at a play, when he felt agitated by the noise.          See:  Vibes          FAQ         Amazon.            There are also alternatives.          Please be aware that GAIN is unable to vouch for any of the ear plugs.

Annoyed by fidgeting

But what I find irritating to the point where I want to hit total strangers is when they fidget with their leg.

Sensory issues

This booklet givers an occupational therapist’s view.     It addresses how to read the signs and coping strategies.

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GAIN logo - thumbnailPlease be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice.              See disclaimer.

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