Simulation Instructions: Sensory Processing Challenges
To better understand how different types of sensory processing challenges can influence focus and communication during classroom instruction please go through the Stacey: Playground Overload, simulation on the Sensory Simulator app.
Stacey experiences auditory and visual hypersensitivity. The audio of a typical playground setting is played throughout the simulation, with the first 10 seconds being a reflection of how neurotypical individuals might filter out to perceive the area. Stacey has difficulty doing so and hums to self-regulate herself to make herself more comfortable. She is able to drown out the distressing environmental noises, giving her more agency over her experiences. This is an example of a behaviour that is driven by a sensory need.
Because of this stress from the environment and focus on sensory regulation, Stacey is not focused on socializing with others. You will hear a girl say “hello” to Stacey, but is ignored due to Stacey experiencing sensory overload.
As with all the simulations, these are just a representation of some of the experiences that some individuals with ASD may face. Some aspects have been modified to allow for neurotypical individuals to better understand these scenarios. Please note that we have not shown other aspects that affect individuals with ASD, such as the way of thinking, emotions, and social aspects into the simulation.
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The Sensory Simulation App can be found on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sensory-simulator/id1308098797?mt=8