Pain and Autism: Clinical Traits, Sensory Perceptions and Practice Tips

Autistic individuals may present unique situations for pain practitioners. Neurological differences may cause autistic people to perceive pain differently. Clinicians may find they also communicate this atypical pain perception differently from other pain patients. Other sensory-related challenges, such as tactile sensitivity, may require clinicians to alter their standard routine examination. This session presents clinical traits of autism, accompanying sensory perception, and practice tips to treat autistic people who experience pain.

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