I’ve somewhat come to dislike discussions of autistic sensory processing, because I feel like they tend not to adequately convey to the neurotypical that at issue really is a broader, deeper, and more general idea of stimulus processing, of which sensory inputs are only a part. Our own, internal thoughts and feelings, for example, also can act as additional stimulus pressures. Anxieties over large crowds, or over unexpected or surprise circumstances also can act as additional stimulus pressures. The “sensory” framing is too narrow, and as such miscommunicates to the neurotypical both the degree and kind of strain we can be under.

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