14 Mar

Managing symptoms of ADHD & Autism can be challenging for the person and for families. Both adults and children within this population can be sensitive to their environment and  often experience sensory overloads.

watch the quick video below from the National Autistic Society for an example of what a sensory overload could feel like.  

What is a sensory overload?

A sensory overload refers to one or more of the body’s five senses: sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste taking in too much information for the brain to process.  This can lead to increased levels of anxiety and stress which can be difficult to manage. 

The diagram below shows how mindfulness can help with symptoms of ADHD and Autism.

"Research has found that mindfulness exercises are useful coping strategies to help us regulate our emotions, reduce anxiety, help us boost our concentration and attention and reduce symptoms of stress (Roemer 2018)".

How does it work?

  • Mindfulness exercises can help bring us back to the present moment when we feel like we are losing control.
  • This allows us to focus on our thoughts and feelings in that moment so we can respond calmly. 
  • While using mindfulness exercises, we regulate our breathing and heart rate which helps us feel more comfortable and instantly calmer.

You can download and try out some mindfulness and grounding exercises free from our self-help resources section.