Those sensitivities were nothing, though, compared to this description from a listserve:
I ... [have] an adult daughter with extreme sensitivities to more external stimuli than anyone I know. It has changed our lives dramatically (e.g., I cook outdoors, even in the dead of winter), and most people do not begin to understand why she is so "sensitive" - as if these sensitivities were a choice.It's hard for me to imagine changing my life to the degree that I'd cook outside in the dead of winter. But then again, Tom's sensitivities have mellowed over time. Today, while certain smells and sounds may upset him, he can handle most sensory input without getting overwhelmed.
How have sensory issues related to autism affected your lives? Have you come up with strategies to manage sensitivities fairly easily? Or, like the writer above, are you finding it necessary to change your life completely?