Sensory Processing Disorder In Adults With Autism

Every person needs to integrate the signals that we receive through our senses to do daily activities.  However, for people with Asperger’s Syndrome this is difficult because of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

For those of you that are unfamiliar with SPD, here is an explanation from the SPD Foundation:

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.”

Many adults have gone undiagnosed all their lives wondering why they have such a problem with the everyday tasks that neurotypical people seem to handle with ease.  You are not alone!  Most medical professionals were not trained to recognize sensory dysfunction.  As a result, many people struggle with this hidden handicap and end up being ridiculed, which in turn can lead to secondary problems like social anxiety.

Each person with SPD is affected differently.  Some people are hyposensitive meaning that the person is under-sensitive, which usually leads them to seek out sensory input.  Whereas, other people are hypersensitive meaning that they are over-sensitive to certain stimuli.  Some people have a combination of hypo- and hyper-sensitivity.  For instance, a person can have a hyposensitive auditory system seeking out loud noise but be orally hypersensitive leaving them to be labeled as extremely picky eaters.  People with a hypersensitive olfaction often struggle to justify why they should concern themselves with hygiene because strong smells of deodorant and hair products can be truly upsetting.  There is one quote from an unknown author that has stayed with me since high school, which reads, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”  This statement is painfully true.  If you meet someone smelling of body odor with your hair disheveled – this will leave a lasting impression on the person that you don’t take pride in your appearance, which usually then leads them to believe that you don’t value characteristics such as organization, cleanliness, etc.Autism and Sensory processing disorder in adults

How do you overcome this?

Due to the fact that every person is differently affected by SPD, it is important to receive occupational therapy with a sensory approach to tailor the session to your individual needs.  The occupational therapist can work with you to find different calming techniques that can be used when over-stimulated or stimulating activities when your brain is craving sensation.  They may even develop a “sensory diet,” which is when you schedule certain sensory activities throughout the day to help regulate your central nervous system.

Some other good suggestions to alleviate sensory triggers are:

  • Use non-scented deodorant
  • If the sensation of showers is bothersome, then take a bath.  In order to eliminate the drastic change in temperature when exiting the tub, use a small space heater to warm the bathroom.
  • Use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual.
  • Try cutting or smashing small fruits (like blueberries or grapes) if you don’t like the bursting sensation in your mouth
  • Buy clothes without tags.
  • Try seamless socks.
  • Try different kinds of sheets.  Many people like the feel of the jersey sheets compared to cotton.
  • In order to make brushing your hair less painful, consider wetting your hair before your brush it.  Fill a spray bottle with water and a small squirt of conditioner. Shake then spray to help break up knots in your hair.
  • Wear noise reduction headphones or ear plugs when sounds become overwhelming.
  • Consider wearing sunglasses inside if florescent lighting is too bright for your eyes
  • Compressions can be very relaxing to some people.  If you have someone that you trust and know well – ask for a hug.  Other people find massages helpful.  Or you can try Temple Grandin’s “squeeze machine.”


Why not leave us a comment below and let us know which sensory issues you are most effected by in your life.




  • Laura says:

    Life with this thing is painful, to be sure. I’m 53 and was never diagnosed…they only catch the depression and anxiety, which are the symptoms not the diagnosis. I scored 32. I managed to hold down responsible casework jobs for years (partially because rules and regulations are a special area of interest of mine) before getting married for the second time and quitting. I’m so sensitive to odors and fragrance my doctor says I’m chemically sensitive. I can only use a few products on my hypersensitive skin. Tags or pills on clothes hurt. Bright light does too and constant music in the background will make me angry if I let it. Classical is sometimes easier to bear. Social interaction is the bane of my life…my one friend in junior high and high school saved me from being bullied, though I was still bullied at home until I was a teenager and stopped allowing it. If you show up at my house unannounced I will hide and pretend not to be home. My first husband couldn’t deal with my “antisocial” behavior and ended up finding a hyper-social replacement. From the frying pan into the fire, poor guy. Other symptoms of AS I have are that I am a human spellcheck, I often talk too loud, stand too close, stare at people without realizing I’m doing it, have to read blogs to make sure I’m dressing appropriately, have no close friends beside my husband (and don’t often feel the need for them but sometimes am crushingly lonely), am hypersensitive to criticism and tend to become very angry at any small slight. Yet I learned compassion and empathy and found God through all these many painful experiences, so there is a silver lining. AS in girls and women was not understood by psychologists back in the 70’s…just my bad luck. But for those of you still young, I pray you get help to make your lives more bearable.

  • Laura says:

    Forgot to add that I too get migraines and have episodes of vertigo. I love what one person wrote here, that she is no longer abnormal, but normal for a person with AS.

  • Lynda says:

    I absolutely cannot stand being in high-sensory situations, loud talkers, loud music, a lot of movement, a lot of conversations, movies etc. it ruins me for days, exhausts me and puts me on a very irritable edge. I have one social group left, but due to a very loud talker, I can’t handle it any longer. I am 58 and my mom always said I had autism. I am high functioning and on tests I have taken I score high for high-functioning aspergers. I have so many of the markers. Doctors tell me there is no reason to put an official diagnostic label on me at my age. I still deal with it all daily. I have never been able to tolerate very many things and people think I’m odd and have a “poor personality.”

  • Philomena says:

    Recently I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 71 yrs. My whole life I suffered from social anxiety, depression and loneliness, and all that comes with it. My grandson was diagnosed in 2009 and it never occurred to me that I could have it too. Until I started to play clarinet in a Concert Band. The conductor loved jokes. The members loved socializing. For me it was absolutely unbearable. I told them I was struggling. They answered I looked at it the wrong way, I didn’t need to be perfect. But I wasn’t trying to be perfect. The saxophones and brass sounded like an army of fog horns behind me. I became severely depressed. I don’t know what triggered my search, but one day I googled Women and Asperger’s Syndrome. And here I am, working hard to make sense of my life. Relieved above all. I am not that “old mad woman playing games” that some people said I was. I definitely discovered my worst sensory issues in a Concert Band!

  • Philomena D. says:

    Recently I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 71 yrs. My whole life I suffered from social anxiety, depression and loneliness, and all that comes with it. My grandson was diagnosed in 2009 and it never occurred to me that I could have it too. Until I started to play clarinet in a Concert Band. The conductor loved jokes. The members loved socializing. For me it was absolutely unbearable. I told them I was struggling. They answered I looked at it the wrong way, I didn’t need to be perfect. But I wasn’t trying to be perfect. The saxophones and brass sounded like an army of fog horns behind me. I became severely depressed. I don’t know what triggered my search, but one day I googled Women and Asperger’s Syndrome. And here I am, working hard to make sense of my life. Relieved above all. I am not that “old mad woman playing games” that some people said I was.

  • Kat says:

    Guys, you have no idea… I almost cried reading all the comments. My entire life I thought I was weird, and “broken” because of how I feel. My sense of smell is really keen, I never wore perfumes as they give me a headache; I cannot stand the heat but I am resilient to cold and pain (I have huge tattoos and I barely felt a prick when getting them). All the examples above just struck me light lightning! The “grey days” light, the night car lights, the people chewing with their mouths open (I want to punch them in the face and I could never explain myself why I felt that repulse), clothes tag and seams, stuff that is not too loud for other people it is for me (I take the train every morning, if there is a fast train passing by on the platform I am the only one covering her ears) yet I like music sometimes even loud. I can hear a tap dropping two rooms away, yet if there is a background buzz I can’t hear the TV nor what my husband says – let alone go in public places! I always hated parties, not only because I cannot chit-chat easily, but also because the noise prevents me from hearing what the people in front of me is trying to tell me… I cannot stand petty conversation around me, on the train every day I have to have the iPod on, otherwise I risk a meltdown. I almost have panic attacks if I forget the iPod at home LOL! 😀 It all figures, even if I don’t have an official diagnosis I scored 35 on the AQ so I am pretty confident I have Asperger’s and it would just explain everything. I am not weird, wrong or “broken” – I am a perfectly normal Aspie 🙂

    • Robin says:

      oh gosh Kat, I can relate to having to have my iPod….all the time I have to have light music or jazz on to keep me focused and calm. I play instrumentals to sleep by all night long. Wondering why the music thing? and I hate idle chit chat also.

      • kirstin says:

        I’m really relating to everybody’s comments; it’s so helpful! I run television all night in order to sleep, but sitcoms with no laugh tracks. Music keeps me up. My ears hurt often and everything sounds metallic to me. When it’s bad, I even get a metallic taste in my mouth. I try to take long walks outside to clear my head.

      • Neil Murray says:

        Also have the sound issues , always put it down to me being 6foot 4 inch tall and so when younger in a club or pub I was taller and so in direct line of music speakers. Could never hear a conversations. Also hate ticking clocks even had to put a watch in bottom clothing drawer because ticking kept me awake.

  • Robin says:

    I am a 60 year woman that just took the test recently and discovered I have aspergers. It has explained so much of my “weirdness” in life, especially when I was young. My mom criticized me for being clumsy, I was so shy I would talk in school, oversensitive to everything! Now I know why fluorescent lights drive me crazy, any overhead lighting is too bright for me. I cannot hardly stand it in a mall, as I get sensory overload from all the sounds, lights and people. seems I pick up other people’s “vibes” even. I ran out of the mall one time at Christmas in a panic attack. Never been back at Christmas again. I have to avoid loud restaurants as its too much. I don’t have as many of the social issues, moved beyond those, but never could get jokes. Believe everything literally. Have been hurt by people a lot. I can relate to grapes bursting in my mouth, I have to struggle to try to eat them. I don’t have too many food issues, but tags, my sheets, and bed have to have certain feels…I have to have very soft cloths as I also seem to have fibromyalgia. Just so glad that I have some answers to my weirdness! No one around me will believe that I have aspergers though.

  • Susan says:

    Hi all my son is currently 11 and at the end of nearly 16months of assesmernts for aspergers! It has been a long and difficult path but he found relief in just feeling normal reading all the comments from other aspires! My problem now he has refused to go to school for a week and had a major meltdown he just can’t cope and until he Gets an official diagnosis there is no help he just seems so broken and I’m just told to send him to school. They don’t seem to understand what he is going through. He trys so hard to fit in but he simply can’t keep it up. Add to that I took this test and scored a 42 really made sense of my hole life

    • Rebecca says:

      I used to have panic attacks when I was in school I couldn’t mentally keep up with the social situations myself. I found a great deal of comfort in books. When they would send us to recess or lunch I’d sit and read I didn’t realize at the time that it was my way of trying to solve what I called the unending rubix cube. Give him a note that keeps him inside at recess and lunch it could provide time to recharge so that he can deal. If he enjoys books let him read if he likes to draw let him draw. Books were how I coped they still are. I’m twenty seven and still avoid eating lunch with coworkers choosing instead to work through lunch or find a quiet space to read. I keep my contact with people to a minimum because I can’t understand their motivations and it annoys me. I hope something can help. Oh I keep a piece of beach glass in my pocket as a worry stone when I’m stressed it helps.

  • Chris says:

    My hearing is quite sensitive and I have mental health problems including any, panic attacks and depression, also social anxiety. I prefer staying in my house and snuggling up to my dog, cos he gives the best snuggles ever. To be honest I would rather get up in an morning do my Jobs

  • Andrew Rowland says:

    This sounds a lot like me. I definitely cannot where a shirt where the tag is lower than the neck and I get triggered by noises while watching a movie, an issue I use to not really have so much amplified by the fact that narrative visual entertainment is my religion. I couldn’t enjoy The Jungle Book because of this.

  • Sophie says:

    I have Aspergers and I need help finding help. I don’t have any family or friends. I don’t know what to do.

  • Björn from Germany says:

    The biggest problems for older highly functional autists (HFAs) like Aspergers are the diseases caused by years and years of suffering from extreme stress situations. This stress is often unrecognized, and suffered unconciously. There are many sources for stress: sensory overload, social situations (even in ones own family), school, study, sports, work, traffic. Often older HFAs have been in the medical circles for many many years, searching for explanations for different diseases like depressions, heartproblems, high bloodpressure, autoimmune disorders, pain, extreme fatigue, etc. Autisme often appears not as a possible cause to the doctors, because the HFAs can cope very well with their shortages in social behaviour during a visit to the doctor, especially when they are not diagnosed with autisme yet. But it comes with a price.

    This stress often has an catastrophic influence on ones professional career. One can reach great hights, but only for a short period. Suffering from to much stress costs HFAs often their jobs because of illness. They have to start over and over again, which causes even more stress. And the demolition of ones health continues.

    If one is lucky enough to be finally diagnosed with autisme, and that can take many years ( in my case it took 56 years), at least one knows the cause of most of ones health issues now. But the damage is already done. All those years of extreme stress have damaged the health to a point, which can’t be reversed. Doctors tend to say “You have managed to function so far, so what is the problem with continuing?” but what they don’t understand is that is was a hell of a fight to come ‘so far’. And now one can be broken beyond the possibilities of repair.

    I ask for recognition for older autists as ‘disadvantaged’ people. They can’t gain their health back. But they can continue their live as healthy as possible, by knowing about the causes for those damages and avoiding them as much as possible in the future. They still can live worthful lives and contribute a lot to the community, but they can’t function on the ‘old’ level anymore, without damaging themselve. They really have a disadvantage compaired to non-autistic people and should be compensated for that. Denying a form of compensation and demanding the same ‘workforce’ and ‘stress resistance’ from older HFAs is like knowingly harming them.

    Björn from Germany

    • Jess says:

      Thank you for your eloquent and insightful post. I found myself nodding in agreement all the way through it. You have a gift for writing and a talent for expressing deep thoughts to the reader in a very accessible way. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I identify with your take on the damage to career and health, that the stress of trying to function as a ‘normal’ person while masking HFA can cause. It is utterly exhausting.

  • Tanya says:

    I am 34 and I work at a school for disabled children. Some of my collegues have jokingly said that it looks like I have Aspergers. It got to the point where I took the test just to rule it out. I got 32.

    Suddenly my life makes sense. As a child, I was constantly in trouble because of my eating habits. Pumpkin makes me shudder, I take everything apart before eating it because I prefer seperate tastes. I can only eat jelly on its own; trifle is a sensory nightmare with soggy cake, jelly and canned fruit (the apples and pears are awful, but cherries are terrifying). My mom had to strain mushroom soup and I still can’t eat yoghurt that contains fruit pieces. Raisins and dates in anything are in my book the easiest way to spoil a good dish.

    My sister had to practice on her recorder at one end of the house with me at the other end. I would throw tantrums in church because the sound of air blowing through the organ’s pipes would make me anxious – and the organ being played would hurt my ears.

    Yet I don’t feel much pain. I have learnt to check my heartrate to know when I am in considerable pain. When I burn myself when cooking – at least twice yearly – it takes a second or two for the pain to register, and it only hurts for a few minutes. Same with sunburn.

    Overhead light hurts my eyes and I only suffer it until the kids leave the classroom. Then I sit in the gloom the recharge.

    I am a compulsive reader.

    It never made sense to me how other people had a larger workload and still had time for hobbies, but I would just about drop from exhaustion when I got home.

    Now to get a formal diagnosis.

  • Barbara says:

    Acute night vision, reading in lower light than most: someone mentioned it, and that’s me. I’ve been wondering if I have a sensitivity to light. I get irritable or even depressed (weepy) when I have bright light in my eyes. But I wasn’t sure if I was just being “too emotional”. Now I know it’s not true.

  • Douglas says:

    I’m 50 and recently took the AS test and scored 36. I have always known – even at school that I was not like other people and spent most of my time in my bedroom reading going for long walks out in the country – nature helped me cope in my younger years. Teachers and other pupils ridiculed me and I was given no help. when i left school I worked in a country garden for 3 years But after that, aged 20 my real problems began – social anxiety, irritability, depression and inability to get on with work colleagues. I went from job to job never being able to stay too long and leaving was a huge relief. Colleagues thought and still do think that i’m miserable or antisocial when i’m just trying my best to get on with work. I’m still getting this criticism even now. At work parties – I would always sit in a quiet area and refuse to dance or chat
    Police, Ambulance sirens and Alarms drive me crazy and have to put my hand over ears. In a pub with my only friend – if some one else is talking too loud or laughing too loud – that drives me crazy too. I’m a fussy eater also – preferring a healthier option. I get confused when some one is explaining to me verbally what they want me to do – rather than showing me – particularly at work, also get bored and need different experiences or get sleepy. Hate shopping in crowded Malls and hate music playing while at work place – which find distracting
    I have always been a victim of work bullies – but in the last few years have began biting back
    Recently my last job came to an end and job centre staff don’t understand or know what I have been through – treating me like I am lazy. I am highly sensitive to criticism – employers have no time for people like me and I have suffered loneliness because of my condition – considered suicide when I was in my early 20’s but have grown use to it. Now I have asked my Doctor to see a psychiatrist and get a proper diagnosis. But at least I now know more about my self.

  • Barbara Kirk says:

    I can’t cope with sudden loud noises, e.g. the vacuum cleaner, ripping paper up. Also I have to get out of crowded areas because of the noise (shopping malls especially). It seems I am not alone in this!

  • Tess says:

    Unfortunately I even find this webpage to be quite visually overwhelming with ads popping up everywhere.

  • Rhonda-bride-of-Christ says:

    Laura, I so relate to everything you said. All the same symptoms but instead of vertigo, I have claustrophobia. Human spell check, standing too close, staring at people, hiding from unannounced guests — all checks. About the spell check, I find it very hard to use abbreviations and have to force myself to use shortcuts like ‘u’ instead of ‘ you’ or ‘2’ for ‘to or too’ (to be cool) and if it does it on its’ own, or I make a typo, I HAVE to edit it.
    I’m 36 & scored a 36. I talk too quiet/ mumble and large crowds exhaust me and leave me feeling depressed, especially noisy ones. I used to walk through WalMart with my hands over my ears. I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and not sure if they will diagnose Aspergers but will bring it up at my next visit. But through it all, God has been good to me.

  • Rebecca says:

    Could the buzzing sound of wasps and hornets cause panic in someone with aspurgers? Extreme terrifying panic that is utterly uncontrollable? I’ve never had much trouble with food because I was raised in a household where you didn’t get a choice you had to try everything but I can’t do mushrooms they are like rubber against my teeth no matter how they are cooked.

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  • Cordelia says:

    I’m 38 and I’ve never been diagnosed but I recently took the test and scored 36. I have only told a couple of family members about it and the lady I see for counselling. Do I actually need an official diagnosis? One of my oldest friends described me the other day as being a spirited child, my youngest son is too. I’ve always felt different and for many years of suffering with social anxiety and mild depression I’ve been trying to work out why I am and why I don’t fit in socially, now I know why.

  • Kelly says:

    I have a son who’s 18 he scored a 41 on the test I know he has it but he’s teacher would not agree and do the test at school

  • Jan says:

    I am the mother of a 28 year old who was diagnosed with aspergers at age 4.To say it has been a struggle is an understatement. Aspergers was not very well known back in 1994. we have struggled to get help, now my son zits in his room on the computer, refuses to wash himself, clean his teeth, and wont wear most clothes. i have spent numerous hours trying to find someone to help adult with sensory issues and Aspergers. I rarely go out in public with him because of his appearence.

  • Lilith from Wales says:

    Thank you, Bjōrn for pointing this out. This has been my life experiences. I’ve lost count of the number of jobs I’ve had. I’ve never been given a contract renewal, and yet a year or two after leaving (or being given the push, not actually fired), former workmates have told me how wonderful my former bosses found my systems and organisation. So, always applying for a new job and dreading having to meet and decipher a new group of people has been my nightmare life. Although I didn’t know what the issue was then, I’m happier now being poor and retired and being my aspie self.

  • Jo Chadwick says:

    My anxiety is very difficult to live with. I scored high on an online test and wonder if my social dislocation, extreme unsociability (despite coping well at work because of compensating like crazy) and my ear sensitivity that means no pubs, restaurants, cinéma etc, is indeed asperges, or high functioning autism. The compulsive eating to manage my anxiety is the hardest thing. Am 64, female, and am sure my doc will not want to get me a test as she thinks I make a fuss about things! Josie

  • Josie says:

    The hardest thing is the anxiety. I’m 64. I think this whole thing gets harder the older you get, with the coping mechanisms for fitting in. I have scored highly on the self testing things for high functioning autism and think this is the reason for all my difficulties. I think my doctor will just downplay everything if I ask for an official test, though, and say “what’s the point at your age?” etc. But there is a kind of relief that I might just be a normal Aspie! Still stuck with all the anxiety etc. The sensory overload (hearing, with me. Can’t do pub,cinema,concerts,parties etc). Married to a very patient, tolerant guy. Hardest thing for me is the compulsive eating to manage my anxiety. Going to try and post this now; had to come on to desktop as from mobile it wouldn’t accept my captcha code thing despite the 4 letters/numbers being exactly what was there! Never mind. Good to read you all. xx Josie.

  • Rayelle Bishop says:

    I have similar symptoms of aspergers syndrome by what many people except doctors tell me. My mother who was a psychologist only by doctorate and masters and a couple other people have noticed my voice really off and sounding retarded. I even noticed it first. But I have really severe anxiety seizures that make my head dizzy, spin out of control, extra sensory problems like here and a lot of abuse, neglect, sexual molestation, and my boyfriend doesn’t mean to but gets really Bi Polar and dangerous to be around with with his sensory problems if I just touch him, he’ll strike at me and really hurt me. He doesn’t want anybody to know but that’s his problem. I’m not like that. But I’m trying tod eal with him and my severe brain damage due to daily severe seizures. He puts the strain on me. And I have to deal with him and my problem.

    • Nor says:

      Rayelle it sounds like you need support so please talk to someone if you can. It is NOT ok to strike at someone whatever the problem. Please put yourself first and seek advice from someone you trust or go straight to a professional. Take care.

  • Laura says:

    I have always had issues with a lot of people trying to interact socially with me at once. I am fine in crowds of strangers. I am not agoraphobic, do well with employment-as long as it doesn’t involve multi tasking- and no fear of the people. It is just so overstimulating I want to run somewhere quiet. Does that count?

  • Scott says:

    Certain noises, like someone chewing with their mouth open, drives me batty. Things like peach fuzz or velour make me want to run down the street screaming and I can’t stand perfume, which drives my wife nuts. Loud music also is out. My wife’s family is all kissy-huggy and I intensely, like really, really, really dislike anyone but my wife touching me. My symptoms have increased as I age. I’m going for a formal diagnosis, but I scored 43 on the test. Reading all the myriad of problems and challenges an Aspie faces explains why my childhood was so miserable.

  • Anne says:

    I’m 54 and believe I have an Aspie father and some aspects myself. Growing up with a parent with Asperger’s (undiagnosed but I’m pretty certain) led to a lot of demeaning and shaming, feeling unloved and neglected, and being targeted by rage. My own experience with SPD has been primarily with touch sensitivity. No tags, seamless socks, tying and retying shoes, even sexual issues with touch, as well as food issues. I only became aware that this was something real a few years ago in working with children and a therapist who tested me and made it real. I was always told I was just being picky. I have depression and anxiety as a result of all of this and still struggle, but the knowledge has made it a bit easier to cope. Things like this article are so helpful in normalizing my experience, so thank you!

    • AzulAzalea says:

      I relate to what you’ve expressed here. Also 54 with aspie aspects/traits and think my dad may have been aspie. Recently took the online test and I’m way past borderline but this actually gave me some relief to know it is something out of my control, not just me being picky or attention-seeking. The things that bother me do so on a cellular level and I must remove myself from what is causing the distress. I love going to the movies but cannot tolerate it without good earplugs. Certain smells are intolerable, even just a perfumey soap, especially bothersome before bedtime. Tastes and textures don’t seem to pose problems because those areas seem to be things I figured out early. The childhood social anxiety caused by being forced to conform with the class while under duress from sensory issues, over time undermined my developing self confidence. I’ve struggled with bouts of depression and cycled through many circles of friends, some accepted and supported my ‘uniqueness’ and others dropped me for being high maintenance or used me for being so naive in many situations. Finding community here will give me better understanding of myself and others.

  • Gabirela Neuber says:

    I am neuropsychology and neuroscientist and I have been investigating my own characteristics of the spectrum. I believe that I have developed social and sensory strategies throughout my life. But today I am increasingly aware of my hypersensitivity. it is not necessarily limiting, but today I know that it was and is the cause itself of many discomforts and irritability. some sounds like voice and childish laughter discomfort me, light bothers me, in theaters and concerts little noises that people make take me away from the spectacle. I have a slight discomfort with some tissues on my skin. I have little energy for action, I could lie down all day, so I force myself to perform my tasks. As for the smell of things, it fascinates me. Bad smells do not bother me, but I’m hypersensitive for pleasant smells. I do not like being laid on my lap, but not being caressed behind my back. I’m hyper and hypo sensitive. some sensations fascinate me and calm me down, others irritate me. and everything depends on the day. everything gets worse if I have had a bad night’s sleep.

    • Vera says:

      It is fascinating how you can expose your characteristics so naturally. I would like to understand why many adults prefer to deny their conditions and live a forever lie instead. I hope the best for you

      • Missy says:

        I am 57 and just realizing what my issue has been all my life, and that’s because my son, who is 37 was just diagnosed. He said, Mom, I think this is you, too. He’s right. It’s refreshing to know I’m not just crazy or stubborn or a jerk. It’s legit. My trick now is to get my husband to understand. 😉 Good luck with your plight. I’ll say a prayer for you.

  • sersitus says:

    The tips to reduce or augment sensory stimulation are interesting, although the term ‘inappropriate response’ not so much, …but where is the explanation of “integrating” sensory input? I don’t see either any tips on how to “integrate”.
    Define “appropriate”…
    Another explanation I found was “lack of sensory filters” – that one was obnoxious because it is known that most people have too blunted sensory awareness.

  • malcolm godfrey says:

    I am bothered to the point of anger by loud music in shops. I hate the constant repetition of TV ads, again it causes anger. I am easily distracted from any task at hand, although it does take an enormous amount of self-will to do things like general housework, or personal hygiene. I hate queuing, I want to be served straight away. There are no doubt more examples I could give if given time.

  • Vera says:

    There is a way to convince an adult Asperger to seek for treatment when his symptoms are devasting a marriage? For him, everything seems okay since the wife fulfils his desires and do not complain about the aggressive and unpolite behaviour. The point is to have a suitable life the wife must to null her personality and be a kind of babysitter or a nurse.

  • Elsie says:

    My autistic son does not know where to stand in crowded areas and stands shoulder to shoulder with strangers

  • Missy says:

    When I enter a mall or anywhere there are a lot of choices and a large crowd, I stop immediately and just stare (traffic jam). It drives my husband crazy. But it takes a few minutes when the sensory overload hits to get my bearing straight again. If I’m with someone it’s much easier because they can take the lead and I can follow until I’m able to adapt. I’m obsessed with smells and textures as well. But I am so paranoid of body odors that I use several different types of fragrances; from scented deodorant to a body spray to a scented powder to perfume – every day all at once. And texture is huge, for food and clothing and sheets and blankets. Thank you for being there for those of us who have always just thought we were crazy. Oh, and the every day tasks? Man, you described me to a tee.

  • Robyn says:

    I thought everyone experienced unbearable pain walking down into a lake or diving into a pool during the summer, even when the water temperature is at it’s highest, even in heated pools.
    I never considered it might be Asperger’s to have to wear ear plugs at work to try to limit stress/anxiety in a work environment not requiring ear plugs to meet OSHA standards.
    I never thought it was Asperger’s that was responsible for an insane, maddening response to a tag shirt or bra tag lightly rubbing against my skin. And forget the sound of pulling a pot out from a cupboard, metal on metal, causing me to shriek from the physical pain of the sound.
    The sensation of any gristle or soft fat off a piece of meat in my mouth makes me almost gag, and my meal is ruined.
    I need to wear sun glasses inside stores, not only due to the florescent lights, but so people cannot make eye contact and I can feel safer.
    Now I understand why I need a completely controlled sleep environment… why I do not need to be ashamed I am like the princess in the fable, “Princess and the Pea”. She must have had Asperger Syndrome!
    Thanks for teaching me about sensory processing disorder.

  • Debbie says:

    I hate massages, haircuts…especially when they wash your hair.
    Tags in clothing,bright lights, loud music,perfume, crowds,and cant eat a banana to save my life

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