Signs and symptoms of Hypersensitivity
Some children with autism may experience sensory stimuli like sights, sounds, smells, taste, touch across two extremes (hypersensitivity to hyposensitivity). Hypersensitivity occurs when a child experiences sensory stimuli in excess. The stimuli may feel overpowering to children. This may result in children trying to shy away from such stimuli to reduce the distress they are feeling. Sensory avoidance may appear in the form of resisting physical touch, covering their ears and refusing to wear certain clothing.