Sensory Experiences

Different sensory experiences such as sound, light, textures, and temperature to name a few, bring about responses unique to the child. Adaptations in an environment may allow individuals with autism to more fully participate in the world around them.

One such adaptation is the use of sensory films. At these films, individuals are permitted to interact with what they see and hear in the way that best fits their experience. In an auditorium with medium lighting and a large area for movement, people with autism are able to have the experience of a recreational experience otherwise out of their reach. In the area in which the movie is being shown, movement and sounds not understood by others are freely exhibited. In an informal form of autism Therapy, freedom not found in other surrounding allows the person with autism to experience freedom not found through any autism Treatment or formal therapy.

Some individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition found on the Autism spectrum, also can better express themselves with an environment that accommodates their sensory sensitivities. One such example is a nationally known speaker with Asperger’s. To be able to provide trainings and to lecture, accommodations such as lowered lighting, no loud or sudden noises, and a quiet place to rest between training modules were required. Making the limited changes allowed the individual with Asperger’s to present information that boosted the understanding of not only about Asperger’s, but also deepened the participants understanding of themselves in relation to those with on the high end of the Autism Spectrum.

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