Released 15 July 2019
The way our brains process the things we see, touch and hear helps shape our ability to understand and interact with the world we live in.
It’s why people with autism and other sensory processing disorders often struggle in situations that may seem natural to others.
Parents and professionals are invited to hear a range of experts explain the science behind the sensory experiences of children and adults with such conditions.
West Sussex County Council’s Autism and Social Communication Team’s ‘Making Sense of Sensory Processing Differences’ conference takes place at the University of Sussex on 18 September 2019.
The conference will bring together leading researchers from the Universities of Sussex, Glasgow and Nottingham as well as adults with sensory conditions who will share their experiences and the strategies that help them.
The day will include talks on hyper-sensitivity (to things like sound, light and smell), bodily sensitivity (anxiety and heartbeat) autism and synaesthesia.
People with synaesthesia experience a merging of the senses that aren’t normally connected – so they might taste words, feel flavours as a shape or hear colours.
Professor Julia Simner has just released a book explaining the science behind synaesthesia and she will be one of the experts from the University of Sussex giving talks on the day. The event will be a great opportunity for parents, teachers and other professionals to hear about strategies that are based on research evidence.
Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This unique event will bring together university experts in a range of fields as well as individuals who experience these conditions themselves. It is a great opportunity for parents, teachers, professionals and anyone wanting an insight into the world of people who experience sensory differences.”