Visual sensitivity is a discomfort with what is seen. The most common visual sensitivity is to light. Asperger’s Disorder children can be overreactive to bright, fluorescent, neon, and flashing lights. Avoidance of bothersome lights can be difficult. You can control the lighting in your house by removing all fluorescent lights and purchasing three-way bulbs to accommodate varying preferences of family members. Allowing your child to pick out sunglasses to wear in the car can help decrease sensitivity to the bright sun. Tinted shades on the rear windows can keep the bright sunlight minimized as well.
Olfactory is the sensation of smell. Some Asperger’s Disorder children and teens can be very sensitive to smells in the environment. When they are aware of aromas they do not like, they can be rather insensitive to feelings of others and made impulsive comments such as, “Your house stinks!” Other aromas may not be obvious to your child that they are irritating to him. He may complain of headaches or show mood changes.
As with the other types of sensory sensitivities, it helps to keep a watchful eye on mood and behavior changes and see if there are any links to aromas. If your child complains about certain smells or you observe patterns related to smell, it can be helpful to try to eliminate them when possible.