Peeeeeeeehew what a smell. Oh Hey, Guys Its Joag back with part 3 of 5 in my senses series. Today as you may have guessed I am getting smelly. No, I am not talking personal hygiene, that’s a Tuesday post I have planned later this month.
I have no sense of smell so this post is a little foreign to me. so forgive me if I get anything wrong. Back in July a study into childhood autism found that children process smells different to those on the spectrum. The researchers carrying out this test could distinguish between the neurotypicals and those on the spectrum around 80% of the time as those with autism have a more pronounced sense of smell. Smell is one of the first senses that is generally relied on.
Like every other sense, there is a hypo and hyper side. On the hypo side, there are people like me who have no sense of smell, so there are issues when it comes to body odour as they may not be able to detect when they sweat. on the hyper there are some people who cannot stand distinctive perfumes, shampoos, my mum would be on the hyper side of things and she’s neuro typical. She cannot stand the smell of sweat, with me being on the hypo side of things she is first to tell me when there is even the faintest hint of sweat.
Ways to Help
There are ways you can help it but that depends on the type of sensitivity you have.
Stronger scents are advised to cover any unpleasant smells i.e. faecal matter.
Autismmom.net http://www.autismmom.net/sensory-processing-disorder-olfactory-dysfunction/ Talks about how to help in depth.
Use unscented detergents or shampoos, avoid wearing perfume, make the environment as fragrance-free as possible.
Next Week we delve into the scrumptious world of taste and the problems some people have with taste.
On Tuesday I talk body hygiene, leave me your smelly comments below? lol