Tuesday, June 10, 2014

#MentalHealthAwareness: #Aspergers and Hypersensitivity

The world can be a unforgiving and overwhelming place to live, especially if you have Asperger's Syndrome. Last week, I introduced you to the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome and how they can be exhibited differently between males and females. Although they symptoms of Aspergers can one of the most common symptom between both males and females is hypersensitivity.

Everyone has the following five senses:

Children and adults with Asperger's Syndrome have the same senses as everyone else in the world but they experience life differently when it comes to uses their senses because one or more of their senses may be over or under sensitive than the others. People with Asperger's Syndrome tend to exhibit their sensitivities in different ways.
For example:

  •  Touch: Does not like touch (especially when unexpected). May be sensitive to textures or different fabrics
  • Taste: Easily gags due to texture or tastes. A "picky" eater.
  • Sounds: Showing great discomfort to loud noises such as fireworks, movies, or parades. Or easily distracted by sounds
  • Smells: Avoids the meat aisle in the grocery store (too stinky). Detects odors that others may not even notice
  • Sight: Bothered by bright lights
These are just some examples of hypersensitivity that I found on the this site. We've all heard the stories of how a baby with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't want to be touched or held. It's not that the baby doesn't want to receive the parents love. They do. It's just that the baby is sensitive to touch. Yet not everyone who has Asperger's Syndrome exhibits that.

Have you ever known someone with Asperger's Syndrome or Autism? 
If so, what were they sensitive to?

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