Sensory and motor differences for individuals
with Asperger Syndrome: Occupational therapy
assessment and intervention
Paula Aquilla, Ellen Yack, and Shirley Sutton
Jim's alarm clock rings at 7 a.m. to ensure that he is not late for work. The sound of the buzzer startles him and he remains startled as he heads for the shower. The water spraying on his body hurts, so Jim stands back against the shower wall. Although he has been told about the importance of hygiene, he does not like the feel of the washcloth and quickly soaps and washes off. Jim dresses in the uniform that he is required to wear at work but immediately becomes irritated by the stiff collar around his neck. He goes into the kitchen to make breakfast. His roommates are in the kitchen and he becomes distracted by their conversation and spills coffee on the counter. Jim takes the bus to work and must stand as there are no seats. He has poor balance and hangs tightly on to the pole, as he is fearful he may fall. The bus is crowded and he cannot see where his hands are on the pole. As his body awareness is poor, Jim becomes anxious because he is uncertain about how to reposition his hand on the pole whenever he is jostled. He starts to become nauseous from the various smells. He hums and rocks to make himself feel better but people start to stare at him, making him feel more nervous. Jim finally arrives at work in a distressed and anxious state. He has difficulty concentrating on his work and yells at a co-worker who brushes by him. Once again, Jim needs to meet with his supervisor to talk about how he can control his temper better.