Dr. Gil Tippy answers a question about Sensory Integration and Auditory Sensitivity in Autism

27 Jan

This video is a little about processing issues in the neurodeveloopmental community, and how sometimes it is not clear that there is some discreet sensitivity in one sense or another. I mention in the video that people commonly assume that a child has auditory sensitivities if he or she holds her ears. I assert, kind of dogmatically, that it is actually a much more likely that the child is having trouble integrating the input from his or her various sensory channels, of that the ambient noise makes it too difficult for him or her distinguish what might be the relevant data among all the noise. Since studies show that this ability to discriminate relevant data is one of the abilities we lose as we age, I wonder if it doesn’t make more sense to think of our kids as having this same kind of struggle?

3 Responses to “Dr. Gil Tippy answers a question about Sensory Integration and Auditory Sensitivity in Autism”

  1. Jill January 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Gil,

    This is fantastic! Thanks for posting!

    Jill Lucente

    • Gil Tippy January 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

      Hey Jill,

      Thanks. Sometimes folks get confused, and then we have a group of kids getting treated for auditory sensitivity, and not treated for the integration issues they have. i am really glad your one of the readers of the blog!


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