Living with Asperger's Syndrome can be a difficult and isolating experience, and while the symptoms may vary from person to person, sensory overload may be one of the most unnerving aspects of it. Some sufferers find that it helps to use a sensory tool kit, with objects or instruments that help provide relief for each of their senses. Read along and consider adding some of these objects to your own toolkit to find relief.
A lack of sleep drains one's energy like nothing else, but as any insomnia sufferer knows, solving it is easier said than done. People suffering from Asperger's understand this pain all too well. A hypersensitivity to light is one of many Asperger's sensory issues faced, but it may be one of the easiest to solve. A simple eye mask can provide relief as an blackout curtains. If you get a mask, ensure that it is heavy and well-fitting, but using this old and time-tested method can help facilitate a restful night's sleep.
Aural overload can also affect your ability to focus or sleep, and several tools can be helpful in alleviating this problem. Simple earplugs can help filter the loudest and most intrusive sounds, especially if you are dealing with them for an extended period. They can also help you get to sleep, and if they are not enough, a white noise machine might offer more relief. During the day, when neither of these are really practical options, noise-canceling headhphones may provide some help, as some people may prefer not to walk around with earplugs in.
Some people with autism spectrum disorder , another name for Asperger's, may experience severe anxiety and a strong desire to touch everything they can, and several tools exist to address this, depending on the level of anxiety. Simple tactile items such as stress balls or other soft objects may offer relief, but for those experiencing even stronger symptoms, more potent options are available. Compression vests, similar to the devices used to measure blood pressure, are inflated by air and can provide that “big hug” sensation that relieves stress and causes the brain to release calming chemicals and endorphines, and they are discrete enough to be worn under clothing . Weighted blankets are another option, but people are advised to consult with a professional to determine the proper weight.
While Asperger's Syndrome poses many challenges, relief is available. Some basic tools can help alleviate the worst of the sensational afflictions and drastically improve one's quality of life.