Occupational Therapy

Simulating Sensory Overload

Simulating Sensory Overload

Sensory overload occurs when a person's senses become overstimulated. It can be triggered by environmental factors like noise, lights, or tactile sensations. Everyone is susceptible to sensory overload — it's just that people with autism have a heightened sensitivity to environmental stimuli, so their tolerance for sensory stimulation can be quite low. Symptoms of sensory overload include irritability, difficulty focusing, muscle tension, restlessness and angry outbursts.