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Smell

Over sensitive

An over-sensitive (or hypersensitive) sense of smell creates strong and intense smells out of ordinary, everyday ones. Everyday smells, such as spicy foods, scented shampoos or petrol, may overwhelm a person with autism and they may refuse to eat certain foods or go to certain places. Smells can be so overwhelming that they may display unusual behaviours to avoid that smell.

TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETY Use fragrance-free cleaning products Use unperfumed toiletries Keep rooms well ventilated Cover nose with tissue

Under responsive

Some people with autism may seek out strong smells. You might hear these people referred to as hyposensitive to smell. They may be drawn to curry powder, herbs, flowers, essential oils and perfumes. They may even go out of their way to smell things or people, attempting to sniff another’s hair or skin.

TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETY Cary a scented hanky with a preferred scent Use scented hand cream Cook meals with strong smells

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