Too Much Information: ASD and Sensory Overload

After a good night’s sleep, most people with ASD start off fine. As the day wears on and fatigue sets in, they experience more and more sensory overload. Think of it like rubbing your arm. It’s okay at first, but keep it up long enough and it will become painful. Rub your arm every day for a long enough time and you might become so sensitive that even a light touch causes pain. To avoid pain, you develop Avoidance Behaviors and Resistance Behaviors to escape the discomfort. When it becomes too much, you have a Meltdown.


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