Autism and Sensory Processing
Sensory processing refers to the ability of a student to register, interpret and respond to sensory information. This is a complex process involving all the sensory systems (auditory, gustatory, visual, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular and interoception). When sensory processing is working well, a young person can engage in daily functional activities and social interaction. Sensory processing differences are prevalent in autistic young people and can affect every aspect of life and development.
This session examines the sensory processing differences and will demonstrate how such differences impact on learning, leisure activities and choices, social interactions, and behaviour in school.
• Develop a basic understanding of some of the sensory processing differences.
• Understand how sensory processing differences can affect the young person’s experience in school.
• Gain knowledge of strategies, which will assist in meeting the young person’s sensory needs.