Autism Sensory Difficulties and How to Address Them

Autism Sensory Difficulties and How to Address Them






Source: Durham Region Autism Services

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically have difficulty processing sensory information such as sounds, sights, and smells. This is usually referred to as having issues with “sensory integration”, or having sensory sensitivity, and is caused by differences in how the brain of a person with ASD understands and prioritizes the sensory information picked up by the body’s many sensory receptors. When this breakdown in communication becomes too intense, the person with ASD may become overwhelmed, anxious, or even feel physical pain. When this occurs, some with ASD may act out. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Auditory Processing Disorder Resources

central auditory processing

What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing Disorder  (APD) is a neurological disorder impacting the way the brain processes information and will often affect attention, speech reading and following direction. APD affects 5% of school-age children. Boys are twice as likely as girls to have auditory processing disorder.

Other Known Names

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

  • Head Trauma
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Ear Infection
  • Often not known.
Signs and Symptoms
  • Noisy environment upsetting
  • Difficulty in understanding verbal direction and communication
  • Difficulty in following directions
  • Distracted by background noise
  • Auditory difficulties including, discrimination, memory and sequencing
Websites and Resources on Auditory Processing Disorder

Brain Balance Center

Cincinnati Children’s

Kids Health



Organizations and Foundations

Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation, Inc.

National Processing Disorders Association