Autistic responses to pain

Posted by: alisrowe, January 7, 2017

Pain is a common cause of challenging behaviour in people with ASD. People on the autistic spectrum may have difficulty communicating that they are in pain, and instead show this by becoming agitated or challenging in their behaviour. People around them may be completely unaware of their pain, instead assuming that they are being difficult or naughty. There are 3 aspects to pain response I’d like to discuss:

Pain experience
Pain response
Pain communication

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