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Sensory sensitivity to noise


Yesterday I was completely taken down by my sensory sensitivity to noise. For me, noise sensitivity is not about volume, but I get easily overwhelmed by different competing noises and sometimes by certain frequencies e.g. the low rumble of the air conditioning in the office.

Yesterday the competing noises were my daughters playing Minecraft on their laptops while my husband was washing up and starting to make lunch. He then instructed Alexa to play an 80s playlist. I dialled into a Skype team meeting, and sensory overload ensued. A throbbing headache struck, with flashing lights in my eyes. Even our daily family walk did not shift this headache, and I lay incapacitated on the sofa for two hours.

Awareness and openness about my autistic sensory sensitivities is helpful to me, because I can request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. Reasonable adjustments are just as applicable in the home-working environment as they are in the office. My sensory needs are everywhere.

#Autism #Diversity #Inclusion #Neurodiversity

Excellent blog by Yenn Purkis which really rings true to me today:


Author: Charlie Hart

Late-diagnosed autistic working mum, attempting to write an amusing semi-autobiographical novel with a twist.

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