Regular readers of my blog will know that Aspergers Syndrome, as well as other related conditions, are a subject very close to my heart. My daughter Chloe is currently on the waiting list for assessment, and we are also looking at another condition now that seems to fit with her concerns (and in some cases strengths!).
So as it stands at the moment we don’t know what label we can give Chloe, but what we do know is that there are definitely sensory issues.
Before having a child with these sorts of needs, I would have assumed a sensory need to be something like not liking the feel of a fabric, and that sort of thing certainly can be a sensory issue, but in reality, having sensory overloads can be so so much more. It’s hard to explain, but who better to explain what it feels like than someone who experiences them.
Louis Morel, is a young adult with Asperger Syndrome and has created a short video describing what Asperger’s is, and what a sensory overload feels like. The film has been made with Ambitious about Autism’s myVoice, an online space for young adults to connect and discuss issues they all face. It’s well worth a watch.
Although what Louis is describing is a more severe version of what Chloe experiences, her issues are quite mild compared to this, it has really helped me to understand, and I hope it helps you too.
For more information you can check out the Ambitious About Autism website.