Senses Series Part 2 Sound

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.

  • Hypersensitivity
    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
    Poor Balance

These are only a few of the symptoms

  • Hyposensitivity
    Clumsy
    Need to touch certain textures or people.
    Does not understand personal space
    High tolerance to pain
    Fidgets a lot
    Thrill seeker

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.

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What does your child do when overwhelmed with sound? Any tips on how to help cope?

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Author: JustoneAutisticGirl

My About for 2016. Tada! LOL I am JOAG, Joag is a fictional character I created to help me write about Autism. JOAG is an acronym for Just One Autistic Girl. JOAG is a unique individual with a passion for autism. Now this year I am taking the blog a step further. Joag is creating a website. Not Just any website A web forum based on autism. creating a safe place for those on the spectrum. In my blog I tell personal stories my personal stories not some fictitious nonsense I make up to make my blog seem more relevant to you. Now I want a personal goal for me. I want to do something for me. Each day I want to be inspiring I am going to run 2 miles everyday. 2 Miles a day times 365 days. 730 Miles is doable and it’s a good start for someone just getting started. But my goal for the blog and site this year is the intervention for bullying. I don't have a stat yet for the number of people in the world with autism. But we do know that it touches 2.8 mil people a day How many people are bullied on the spectrum? How many are silent sufferers? How long will we let this go on?

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