Seasonal Changes, Spring and Autism

Seasons have a significant impact on individuals with autism, as changes in weather and temperature can affect their sensory experiences. Each new season brings changes that may seem like a disruption to a familiar and comfortable routine.

One season in particular that can affect individuals with autism is spring. Spring brings a variety of changes, such as warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and longer daylight hours. While many people enjoy these aspects of spring, they can be overwhelming for individuals with autism.

One of the main reasons spring can be challenging for individuals with autism is the increase in sensory. The sight, smell, and feel of blooming flowers, the sound of birds chirping, and the sensation of warmer temperatures can be overwhelming for individuals with sensory sensitivities. This can lead to increased levels of anxiety, stress, and meltdowns in individuals with autism during the spring months.

Additionally, spring can also bring an increase in seasonal allergies due to the flowering of trees and plants and the transport of pollen by the wind reaching the nose, eyes, and lungs, which can further exacerbate symptoms for individuals with autism. Common spring diseases that may affect kids and autistic individuals include hay fever, asthma, and sinusitis. These conditions can lead to respiratory issues, difficulty breathing, and overall discomfort for individuals with autism.

It is important for caregivers to be aware of how seasons, such as spring, can affect their loved ones and to take steps to mitigate any negative effects. This may include creating a sensory-friendly environment, incorporating sensory tools, and monitoring and managing any seasonal allergies or illnesses that may arise.

 

Dr. Hidaia Alnajjar

Pharmacist Incharge – Certified Life Coach