People with autism struggle to integrate their senses and many of their behaviours represent their attempt to compensate for the sensory “muddle” in which they live. At times input may be overwhelming and they experience overload and meltdown. This experience is described very well by Carly Fleishmann (see inspiration – videos page)
When Josh has pain he jumps repeatedly. This is potentially harmful to his joints and so it has been an asset to have this specialized sports flooring. It has the advantages of looking good whilst its customized cushioning reduces the impact on the skeletal system.
Joshua finds heat hard to tolerate. This air conditioner unit was selected because its mode of operation is virtually silent. A noisy machine would challenge his auditory sensitivity.
We needed a clock with a silent sweep in order not to offend his auditory sensitivity.
Sleep hygiene is very important. Josh is encouraged to wind down at the end of the day by darkening his room and playing calming music. There is a lamp with soft lightning near the bed which he can operate at will but the bright, central light can be controlled by this override switch which is located outside his room.
Digital Time Switch
The security lights need to be on a time switch and the one chosen is digital and therefore silent. This will avoid uncomfortable auditory stimulation for Josh.
Although strictly speaking these are not sensory-specific, they are useful to know about. We have had two casualties caused by the sharp corners of kitchen hoods meeting chefs heads!