Sensory perceptual issues in autism and Asperger syndrome: different sensory experiences - different perceptual worlds

The ability to perceive accurately stimuli in the environment is basic to many areas of academic, communicative and social functioning. Although people with autism live in the same physical world and deal with the same 'raw material' their perceptual world turns out strikingly different from that of non-autistic people. It is widely reported that autistic people have 'unusual' sensory perceptual experiences that may involve hypo- and hypersensitivity, fluctuation between different 'volumes' of perception and difficulty interpreting a sense. In this book, Olga Bogdashina attempts to define the role of sensory perceptual problems in autism identified by autistic individuals themselves. Often ignored by many professionals, this is one of the main problems highlighted by autistic individuals. This book singles out possible patterns of sensory experiences in autism and the cognitive differences caused by them. The final chapters are devoted to assessment and intervention issues with practical recommendations for selecting appropriate methods and techniques to eliminate the problems and enhance the strengths. Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome is vital to teachers and other professionals working with autistic individuals to fully comprehend sensory perceptual differences in autism. This book will help readers select appropriate methods for dealing with autistic individuals. In addition, parents of autistic individuals and autistic individual themselves will find the information will enable them to initiate relevant strategies and environmental changes to facilitate more effective learning.


Reviewed: 2015-03-26


A very interesting book with useful profile checklist at the back – {how to look for hyper/hypo sensitivity traits in your child – divided into visual, sound, etc…My son is waiting for a sensory Integration Assessment with an OT – so made very helpful prior reading.


Very in-depth. Useful checklists in rear of book. Flags up things you wouldn’t think of as having been down to the ASD.


Both my husband and I read this book. I found her to be very insightful. Occasionally the language was a bit jargonistic but overall I would recommend it.

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