Sensory Sensitivity

Sensory processing disorder

Sensory processing disorder is another name for the condition referred to using similar names like Sensory integration difficulties.      Click page icon  to find out about it from Sensory integration education.       Click PDF icon for their guide to accessing a practitioner.      See also  about us  for their UK academic partnership,       updated

  • The Star institute, USA,  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     new
  • Stimming can be a useful coping mechanism for people with sensory sensitivities.      For coping with sensory overload see Why does that happen ?

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      new

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.


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

Too much information

The National Autistic Society ran a public information campaign from 2015-18 called too much information.       It addressed concerns surrounding autistic people becoming overwhelmed with too much for their minds to process.       Click icon for the full picture.       It may help to validate your own experience.

Food challenges

Options Autism has produced a helpsheet – Facing food challenges for those with autism & sensory processing differences.       The author is one of their specialist occupational therapists.      Click icon to view.       Options Autism is the new name for Options Group.

Quiet opticians

Lunettes in George Shopping Centre, GranthamNG31 6LH, offers SEND friendly eye care.      Click icon for more information.

Specsavers in Lincoln High Street, LN5 7DW, held its first quiet clinic on Sunday 6th August 2017, 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.


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

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.        Click icon for a helpsheet from Options autism

Also, 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. 

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.