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Living Life with Sensory Issues

Going about everyday life can be overwhelming for somebody living with sensory issues. For someone with autism, something simple like going to a restaurant can be a difficult experience. Video courtesy of interactingwithautism.com

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-All individuals with autism have what we call sensory processing disorders, but it does not mean that if you have a sensory processing disorder that you have autism. And so, what do I mean by that? Well, sensory processing disorder means that the way in which you either take in information from your environment or from your own body, although all of the organs like the eyes and the ears and the tongue might be working, what, working okay, once it gets to the brain, the interpretation or the processing of this information isn't making sense. -One of the things that needs to be researched are sensory problems. Sensory sensitivity is very, very debilitating. How can you be social if you can't tolerate being in a-- in a restaurant with five TVs going on at once. It's gonna make it really difficult to be-- to be social, and we need to figure out better ways to diagnose sensory problems and better ways to treat them. -Sensory integration, as an intervention, was really developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. The sense of the core self, the sense that I'm myself, really means I have a body scheme that-- and I know where my body begins and ends, and I also have a spatial-visual scheme about the environment. And on top of that, I have ideas about objects and what they do and what I can do with these objects. -Okay. [unk] just push your friend. -Oh, oh.