Visual hyposensitivity

What is Visual hyposensitivity ?
IN BRIEF

Visual hyposensitivity is when the brain takes longer or needs more information to process visual information, and this can make it difficult to look at moving objects, follow an object with the eyes, perceive details or to orient oneself. Autistic people have hypersensitivities or hyposensitivities more often, but people without any particular developmental diagnosis can also have these conditions.

What is visual hyposensitivity?

Visual hypoesthesia is a visual sensory disorder in which there is little or no response to visual stimuli, and the brain is unable to interpret information from the visual channel. The other term for visual hyposensitivity is visual hypoesthesia. This can lead to difficulties in looking at moving objects, perceiving details in the environment or orienting oneself in space.

Symptoms of visual hyposensitivity

Consequences of visual hyposensitivity

The consequences of visual hyposensitivity vary greatly from person to person, depending on age, skills, environment and the tools available.

What to do if visual hyposensitivity is a problem?

You have to be creative and proactive, identify the problem and find ways of mitigating its effects.

It can also mean learning new skills that enable the brain to better cope with intrusive stimuli. These solutions are usually proposed and supervised by specialists such as occupational therapists.

Sensory research

The brain may need to create sensations since it’s not getting enough. Visual sensory seeking can include spinning an object in front of you, staring at lights, bringing an object or your fingers very close to you, or any other visual stimulation.

Important

In case of distress, or if the solutions put in place don't work, it's imperative to consult a specialist in sensory hypo-sensitivities.

Valérie Jessica Laporte

WRITER SPECIALIZING IN AUTISM (FRENCH)