Sensory issues are a common feature of autism, which can cause difficulties understanding and tolerating a normal environment. Children and adults with autism can be oversensitive to sensory input. This can cause them to be overwhelmed by common sensory experiences such as stores and recreation facilities. Undersensitivity can also be a problem. People who are undersensitive to sensory input might self-stimulate (stim) or even self-injure in order to get the input their nervous system requires. There is often a mix between oversensitivity and undersensitivity, which may fluctuate randomly. Sensory issues are frequently the cause of negative or odd behaviours.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Take some time to explore this site to learn more about our sensory systems and the reasons why they can lead to challenging behaviour. Through this site, you will finally begin to understand - or further understand, why your child does the things he/she does.