1.2. Define what is meant by: hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Unit: Unit 04: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
Learning outcome: 1 Understand how individuals with autism process sensory information
Assessment criteria: 1.2. Define what is meant by: hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity

  • Hypersensitivity – oversensitivity to sensory stimuli (e.g. bright lights may cause pain and discomfort)
  • Hyposensitivity – undersensitivity to sensory stimuli (e.g. high pain threshold)
  • Hyposensitive individuals may perform ‘sensory seeking’ to experience certain sensory inputs – these inputs may be unhealthy

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