Occupation and Sensory Integration

Many people with autism have difficulty processing and integrating everyday sensory
information such as sounds, sights, smells etc. i.e., they have different ways of ‘sensing’
their world. Some may not like being touched gently but prefer a firm hold. Others may
have difficulty in brushing their teeth or having a haircut. Some will have extreme likes and
dislikes in their diet. Many will have difficulty in tolerating some everyday sounds. These are
just a few examples.
These ‘differences’ in sensing the world often have a profound effect on the person’s life.
They can lead to difficulties completing simple self-care routines, difficulties in participating
in play with peers, or avoidance of social situations that may seem too overwhelming.
These often result in isolation and unusual responses and behaviours, amongst many other
manifestations.