⇒ Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 4 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 378 Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions ⇒ 1.4 Describe the sensory and perceptual difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with an autistic spectrum condition

1.4 Describe the sensory and perceptual difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with an autistic spectrum condition

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 378 Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the main characteristics of autistic spectrum conditions
Assessment criteria: 1.4 Describe the sensory and perceptual difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with an autistic spectrum condition

  • Sensory and perceptual difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with an autistic spectrum condition include:
    • Hypersensitivity – undersensitivity to stimuli
      • poor depth perception
      • unable to notice extreme odours
      • high pain threshold
    • Hyposensitivity – oversensitivity to stimuli
      • only wears clothes made of certain materials
      • can hear distant conversations
      • restricted diet because some tastes are overwhelming

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