Touch and Smell problems of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Children have difficulty in integrating their sensory inputs. The sensory inputs also comes to them in a different way than a neurotypical person. Touch and smell are also sensory inputs. Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are extremely sensitive to touch. While other children may love to be hugged, cuddled etc, the children who are Autistic may resist being hugged or may react by rejecting the hug from her care givers. They may be extremely sensitive to temperatures of cold/hot substances, they may not like certain food items because they texture of the food item does not feel good when touched by hand or by the tongue. They may not like to wear some clothes because it does not feel good on the skin.
It is important to note that while the Autistic children may be sensitive to touch of others, they are all sensitive to smells around them. Their sensitivity is greater than other children.