In this article Dr Olga Bogdashina emphasises the importance of recognising sensory perceptual differences in autism and the necessity to work with autism, not against it if we want to help autistic individuals develop their potential.
Sensory perception in autism’ has become a popular subject again, and the sensory perceptual theory of autism is ‘taking shape’, incorporating findings from other related fields and producing a framework for studying sensory differences in autism and their impact not only on behaviours, but also language, cognition and social impairments of individuals with ASDs. What hinders this development, however, is oversimplification of sensory problems by some researchers, reducing them to hypersensitivities. Hypersensitivities, in fact, may merely be the consequences of other sensory perceptual differences, which may include the inability to filter sensory information, monoprocessing, delayed perception and others. Besides, not all the differences in perception are dysfunctional and sensory differences are not necessarily problems.
Author: Dr Olga Bogdashina
Date added: 29th April 2014