Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Autism, Sensory Integration, and Everyone

Sensory integration, explained in a very simple way, is how we understand the events and people in our lives. The way you or I might perceive other people or events can be quite different than the way a child with Autism feels them. Basically our minds and our bodies take in the information we get from our senses. Everything we see, hear, smell, and taste goes through a process. Part of the process is a designation of what order or importance all of these thing are to a person,

We are receiving and feeling all of this information at once. Our brain is the system that takes all of this information and changes it into an order. In a child with Autism this process is quite different. This happens for many different reasons. One of these reasons can be a child with Autism may be hyperactive. The hyperactivity makes it hard for them to slow down and order the information they are receiving.

Another reason may be that the child with Autism is hypo-sensitive. This means the information they are getting is not being ordered because they are not excited enough or curious enough to do it. To further complicate matters the child may be receiving too much information at one time. When this happens the child can become overwhelmed. They could shut down or becoming defensive or aggressive.

No matter how you cut it this sensory integration is an all day everyday event. Sensory integration has many layers to it. No matter how it is perceived it will continue to happen, to everyone. Although shutting down, becoming defensive, and becoming aggressive seem to be strange ways to deal with the issue, it really is not. A typical person deals with sensory integration by walking away, getting angry, and verbally defending themselves.

Typical people are just better at the techniques they employ to walk away, get angry, etc. A child with autism may or may not be able to use the same techniques if they are properly taught how. Proper training is critical to the child who is aggressive or runs.

Would you like more free information? Please register here: http://autismonabudget.blogspot.com/2009/12/free-information.html. Mylinda Elliott is the parent of five children. The third of the five has Autism which was diagnosed early on. The fourth of the five children has Aspergers. She is a self taught expert on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mylinda Elliott has also worked professionally in the disability world for the past fifteen years. She is considered the "Go To" woman for advice or resources on disabilities.

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