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Sensory Overload by Holly Marsden

Holly Marsden's 9-year-old daughter is autistic and is sensitive to noises and smells. Marsden has written a guide that is comprehensive and discusses sensory overload and tips on how to manage it.

In Marsden's article, she explains sensory overload or also "known as sensory fatigue, a condition that arises when the brain receives more information than it is capable of processing." She discusses triggers for sensory overload like sight, scent, hearing, taste and touch. She also dicusses what happens when one experiences sensory overload, medical condition of sensory overload, how can sensory overload be managed, how it can be avoided, and also provided a list of resource links.

"All sensitive people have different triggers and tolerances for stimulus when it comes to sensory overload. Learn your limits, and take the steps required to protect yourself. If you feel comfortable doing so, inform your friends and work colleagues of your sensitivities. This should lead to them moderating their behavior accordingly and avoiding suggestions to meet in locations that likely to lead to sensory overload. There is no stigma attached to sensory overload. The world can feel overwhelming to us all at times. In the year 2021, we are often faced with more sensory data than the human brain can keep up with. Protect yourself and avoid placing your senses under unnecessary strain. Your sensitivity should be considered a blessing, not a curse."

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