Sensory Questionnaires

December 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

This is my own personal feedback from a sensory questionnaire I undertook at an autism-focused psychological service. I stated in a previous post that I would post it, as an example.


Feedback from sensory questionnaire
The following three quadrants were placed in elevated ranges (as compared to most people):

 1) Low registration = a pattern of sensory processing that is characterised by high sensory thresholds; individuals tend to miss or take longer to respond to stimuli
In this quadrant – the main senses that came up were movement and auditory (e.g. bumping into things and following conversations)

Strategies
– Slowing down the rate of stimuli being presented to you
– Place visual cues in areas where you may regularly bump into things, to assist in watching where you are going
– Make sure pathways are cleared of objects
– Use preferred stimuli in the morning to assist in getting out of bed – e.g. water by the bed to wet your face

2) Sensory Sensitivity = low threshold that causes increased response to stimuli; may cause distractibility or discomfort
The main senses that came up for you were visual, auditory and activity based (e.g. finding something in a messy drawer, dealing with loud noises)

Strategies
– Have systematic methods of scanning for things (e.g. top left, to top right)
– Organise all drawers/workplace desks in a tidy manner so that you don’t have to search for things
–  Reduce volume of your environment (e.g. ear plugs, shutting doors etc)
–  When in a group – engage in discussion to help maintain focus and not drift off
–  Schedule multiple breaks
–  Plan out tasks and write the steps down

3) Sensory Avoidance = when an individual becomes overwhelmed or bothered by stimuli; they may seek to create predictability and structure in their environment
The main sense that came up for you were auditory, movement, taste and smell (e.g. moving away from people, limiting distractions at work, avoiding crowds)

Strategies
– Taking regular breaks
– Creating predictable routines in your environment (particularly at work)
– Reducing the nervous systems need to respond
– E.g. asking people in groups to speak more slowly, or clarify what they were saying
– Place objects in a single layer, to avoid sensitivity to multiple visual objects at once
– Ask others to give you non-verbal cues when they see that you are drifting off
– Enhancing distress tolerance skills and relaxation response
– Seeking a quiet area when needing to focus
– Limiting large group exposure all the time
– Asking for sauce on the side, or picking the restaurant when going out with others


 Thanks for Reading!
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