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 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.
Olga Bogdashina began championing the recognition of autism when her son, now aged 13, was diagnosed as autistic at age five. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine where she assessed children, prepared teaching programmes and organised parent support groups. Olga is also the president of the Autism Society of Ukraine. She continues to teach and lecture around the world in workshops and conferences including International Autism Conferences to promote awareness of autism around the world. Olga has published leaflets, articles and two books on autism to promote awareness and find ways to facilitate full inclusion of autistic people into their communities. She is currently working on her MA in education at Sheffield Hallam University.