Sensory processing in people with Asperger syndrome
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Sensory processing in people with Asperger syndrome

Rohit Shankar Consultant in adult developmental neuropsychiatry, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Truro
Kathryn Smith Consultant occupational therapist, MBB Connections, Truro
Virupakshi Jalihal Associate professor of psychiatry, Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore, India

Rohit Shankar and colleagues explain why many people with developmental difficulties respond to stimuli differently from the ‘neurotypical’ population

Some people with Asperger syndrome process their sensory impressions in different or impaired ways from most people, and so may be unable to engage productively in conventional environments. It is important that such people are provided with the information, skills and time they need to adjust to sensory input in these conditions. As a result of the public’s ignorance of, and failure to meet, the needs of people with Asperger syndrome, these individuals may fail to reaching their full potential in their personal lives and in society as a whole.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 2,22-27. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 14 May 2012

Accepted: 26 November 2012