Some people with autism appear to sense the world in different ways to other people.
Some seem to be hypersensitive and some appear to be hyposensitive.
They misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement.
So some individuals may find certain sounds or colours disturbing, while other individuals may not even hear the sound or notice the colour at all.
Some people use the term Sensory Processing Disorder or (SPD) or Sensory Integration Dysfunction to describe sensory sensitivity.
The Sensory Processing Disorder Network, describes SPD as follows:
'a complex disorder of the brain. People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and many other issues.'
People who are hypersensitive receive too much information via their senses, so their brains becomes overloaded.
This means they may see, hear, feel, smell or taste the world in a more extreme manner than other people. For example, they may
People who are hyposensitive receive too little information, so the brain struggles to make sense of what little information there is.
This means they may see, hear, feel, smell or taste the world in a more muted way than other people. For example, they may