Sensory Underresponsivity

by Britt Collins, MS, OTR and Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Autism Asperger’s Digest
| March/April 2012

In this column we continue to highlight the first response pattern, Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD), but turn our focus to the second subtype, Sensory Underresponsivity (SUR).

Individuals who are underresponsive to sensory stimuli are often quiet and passive, appearing to disregard stimulation by not responding. When they are exposed to the usual intensity of sensory stimulation that others respond to, they often appear oblivious to the stimulation. For example, when a child