Hey, Guys and Girls. Back again after my flu this week. But it is now time for the second installment of my senses series. Today we are going to discuss APD or Sound difficulties. It is the most recognized form of sensory impairment. Hearing impairments can affect how autistic people communicate. There are two types of sensitivity related to Auditory impairment. Hypo / Hyper, sensitivities. Hyposensitivity occurs when a child is underwhelmed by the world around them. Hypersensitivity is when the child becomes uncomfortable when minor encounters with the environment.
I suffer from Auditory Processing Disorder. My hearing is hypersensitive, the slightest sound at a higher frequency sets me on edge. Even I manage to set myself on edge sometimes when in a quiet room and I hiccup it scares the absolute life out of me.
Though saying that I have hypersensitivity can sometimes be untrue because if my music is too quiet for me to hear then I have to turn it up full much sometimes to my detriment.
Now you have heard a little about me It about time I tell you the symptoms of both hyper and hyposensitivity.
Extreme response or fear of sudden high pitched noises.
Easily distracted by background noises. there is a perfect example on Autistic Gardener. I’ll see if i can find the clip and post it on my twitter later.
Fearful of crowds
These are only a few of the symptoms
Need to touch certain textures or people.
Does not understand personal space
High tolerance to pain
Fidgets a lot
My APD affects me at all times of the day. There are days it is worse than others. But those days are more linked with my anxiety and depression.
What does your child do when overwhelmed with sound? Any tips on how to help cope?