My son has Asperger's and often complains about headaches,ear ringing or sore eyes. Is this from...
sensory overload? He has been checked by a doctor.
I, too, have Asperger's; but, was only diagnosed at 55. Finally, my life made sense. Yes, these things could be from sensory overload. For some reason, people with Asperger's have very sensitive senses - much more so than other people. The combination of the physical sensitivity plus the emotional sensitivity means that we suffer from sensory overload easily and often.
My eyes are incredibly sensitive to light - on a sunny day, my eyes literally stream with tears, the pain is unbelievable and I cannot see (I am literally blinded.) Of course, this leads to headaches.
Do everything possible to find ways to shield your son from these sensitivities - they can be very physically painful; and, reassure him that you understand.
Very possibly your child could be suffering from sensory overload. If your child is very young, he may not be able to recognize the problem and tell you what it is. But the symptoms you describe could be from other things too. You really should consult an expert because these symptoms could be attriibuted to many things.
My son used to request sun glasses when he went to school because at times the light bothered him.
In my experience (my son is now 11) over time there has been some adapting to sensory issues; however, on any given day it can become an issue, especially in school. If some of these issues are not resolved, the problem can manifest itself in bad (disruptive) behavior. Depending on the sensory issue, you may find ways to deal with the problem. For example, there are weighted blankets, prickly cushions, and other products used by soome school districts and OT facilities to help curtain some sensory issues. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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