Did you know that up to 95% of children with autism have sensory differences?
Making accommodations for sensory input is so important in helping children with autism reach their goals.
Examples of accommodations for hypersensitivity (increased sensitivity):
- Use light covers, sunglasses, or a hat under fluorescent lights
- Wear ear plugs or headphones in noisy environments
- Work in spaces with a closed door or high walls
- Avoid strongly scented products
- Choose foods with mindfulness toward aversions to textures, temperatures or spices
- Wear soft, comfortable clothing
- Adjust schedules to avoid crowds
Examples of accommodations for hyposensitivity (less sensitivity):
- Visual supports for those who have difficulty processing spoken information
- Use fidget toys, chewies, and other sensory tools
- Arrange furniture to provide safe, open spaces
- Take frequent movement breaks throughout the day
- Eat foods with strong flavors or mixed textures
- Weighted blankets, lap pads or clothing that provide deep pressure
If you can improve sensorial regulation, you can improve communication!