Tactile (Touch) System - Sensory

Sep 23, 2023

Welcome to Fountain of Hope's page dedicated to the Tactile (Touch) System and its importance in the sensory integration of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Understanding the Tactile Sensory System

The tactile sensory system plays a critical role in how we perceive and process touch. For individuals with ASD, this system may be hypersensitive, hyposensitive, or demonstrate difficulties in sensory integration.

Hypersensitivity to touch can result in certain textures, fabrics, or even gentle touches feeling overwhelming or painful. Hyposensitivity, on the other hand, may cause individuals to seek out touch and engage in repetitive behaviors that involve touching objects or surfaces.

Given the impact of the tactile sensory system on individuals with ASD, it is crucial to address any challenges they may face in this area to promote their overall well-being and success, especially in the context of employment.

Strategies for Employment Success

At Fountain of Hope, we understand the unique needs of individuals with ASD in the employment setting, particularly related to sensory integration. We believe in creating an inclusive and supportive environment that fosters success for all individuals.

Sensory-Friendly Workspaces

Creating sensory-friendly workspaces is essential for individuals with ASD. Consider providing adjustable lighting, noise-reducing headphones, and designated quiet areas for breaks. Incorporating calming colors and textures in the environment can also help individuals feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Flexible Work Schedules

Flexible work schedules allow individuals with ASD to manage their sensory needs and optimize their productivity. By offering flexible start and end times, employees can avoid peak commuting hours, which may be overwhelming due to sensory stimuli. This flexibility also helps provide a conducive environment for managing any sensory-related challenges throughout the day.

Communication and Social Support

Communication and social support are vital components of employment success for individuals with ASD. Encouraging open and honest communication, providing clear and explicit instructions, and offering regular feedback and guidance can make a significant difference in reducing anxiety and promoting productivity.

Sensory Integration in the Columbus Community

In Columbus, there are various resources and initiatives dedicated to promoting sensory integration for individuals with ASD. Fountain of Hope actively collaborates with local organizations, schools, and community centers to create a supportive network for children and adults with ASD.

Sensory-Friendly Events

Many community organizations in Columbus host sensory-friendly events where individuals with ASD can engage and enjoy activities without feeling overwhelmed. These events often include modifications such as reduced noise levels, adjusted lighting, and sensory-friendly spaces, ensuring that everyone can participate and have a positive experience.

Therapeutic Interventions

Therapeutic interventions, such as occupational therapy, are valuable resources for individuals with ASD and their families. These interventions focus on developing strategies to manage sensory challenges, enhance sensory integration skills, and improve overall well-being.

Support Groups and Peer Networks

Support groups and peer networks provide individuals with ASD and their families with a sense of belonging and understanding. Fountain of Hope collaborates with local support groups to offer a platform for sharing experiences, gaining insights, and accessing valuable resources.


The tactile (touch) sensory system is crucial for individuals with ASD. At Fountain of Hope, we prioritize the integration of sensory-friendly practices to support and empower individuals with ASD in their employment journeys. Through fostering understanding, implementing supportive strategies, and collaborating with the Columbus community, we aim to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for all.

Pamela Coe
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Nov 8, 2023