The Different Ways Sensory Processing Disorder Affects My Senses
This is how I describe my sensory sensitivities to most people. As an autistic person, my five senses — touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell — are amplified.
This is not speaking for everyone on the spectrum, but it is common to have some kind of sensory sensitivity or sensory processing disorder with autism.
Here are some examples of sensory problems I have had (or still do), and what I believe people should be aware of when it comes to sensory triggers for people with autism.
When I was younger, touch was a big deal for me. I hated being lightly touched. I either needed to be squeezed tightly in a hug or generally not touched at all. I wasn’t a cuddly child, and I hated having my hair brushed. For someone with autism, it can feel similar to an electrical shock, or a bee sting, or a paper cut… anything on that scale that is a sharp and often uncomfortable touch. I also liked falling and landing on the ground. The pressure from falling and landing on the ground like a belly flop was really soothing for me. The rapidness of it and the adrenaline rush felt good for someone who felt like they could explode at any second. Often, I felt all kinds of pent-up tension inside, and often I would not know how to handle this build-up of anger.