If we think that 100 years ago, the world was a much quieter place and now we are bombarded by sound, colour, technology etc. The kids who struggle
sensorily can't cope... with this...even one small laptop will make a humming noise that most people don't even notice, but for the child with autism, it might sound like a tractor in their ears. Very rarely do we find a time to be quiet any more......and I think we all suffer. We have to be mindful and try to make our world a little more autism friendly by toning down the noise of sound, colour and smells. When we talk about attacking the senses, that is exactly what happens for these kids..... when we're mindful then we are more likely to take notice and help these kids function in a world that can be foreign and frightening. Part of my ongoing research and study is to work out a way that can help tone down the sensory pervasiveness - I think some of the clues of the past help us; it would hurt any of us to be still & quiet occasionally, turn all technology off, and rest from the noise of the world. Secondly, I believe pressure therapy of some sort definitely helps. It's how we can achieve this and still allowing children dignity and inclusiveness that is the trick.
Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts as I am 1/ preparing for our fun day and 2/ as I prepare to go away to continue research and to share my research and work.