People with autism are often troubled by over sensitivity to stimuli – the sensory defence. Their sensory problems can be reduced by first treating the defence, increasing the ability to respond to otherforms oftreatment. Sensory defence can be successfully treated with ‘deep touch pressure’. By applying strong pressure to the body, for example with pressure point massage, raw brushing, or with this (air) pressure pack, autistic people become less over sensitive to stimuli. When the treatment is continued for longer periods, the defence can be reduced or even completely eliminated.
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