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What You NEED To Know About The 8 Senses


Our sensory system can be complicated to understand, most people think that we have 5 senses when in fact we actually have 8. Here is what you need to know about the 8 senses.

As mentioned above, we actually have 8 senses, it’s a myth that we only have 5. Our senses are:

  1. Sight    
  2. Sound
  3. Taste
  4. Smell
  5. Touch
  6. Interoception
  7. Proprioception
  8. Vestibular

You can be either hypersensitive or hyposensitive to each (also known as oversensitive or undersensitive). For example, if you are Hyposensitive to sound, you will seek it out by listening to loud music or the same clip of music over and over again. While if you are hypersensitive to sound you might wearing headphones to cancel the sound out.

The 8 Senses

This can be quite complicated to get your head around, so The Chewigem Team have created a video based on our extremely well-received presentation at the 2019 Autism Awards to help you. It’s full of great tips and tricks and tells you what you NEED to know about the 8 Senses.

If you found the presentation helpful, and think you would like to use it, you can download a copy of it below.

Autism & The Senses Chewigem Presentation

We also created a fantastic podcast episode that delves deeper into the information our presentation (since we were pressed for time).Audio Player

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