Persons with autism might encounter struggles identifying touch sensations in the acts of other people. This finding is based on the study conducted in the novel research center EXPLORA in Ghent University, led by Prof. & Dr. Marcel Brass, Prof. & Dr. Roeljian Wiersema and Eliane Deschrijver.
Adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be either under sensitive or oversensitive to temperature, surrounding, noise or light, according to Autism Research Institute. Their five senses absorb either too little or too much information from the environments around them.
Various reports and articles in the past have reported the linkage of the roughness of everyday social challenges of persons with ASD to their tactile sensitivity. In order to find out why is this so, researchers from Ghent University studied how brains of persons with and without autism utilized their own sensory touch to know tactile feelings in the acts of other people.