For adults on the spectrum: I just want to draw your attention to an article which looks at whether orgasms are different for people on the spectrum.
The Science of Autism and Orgasm
by Lindsey Nebeker
and it's on the Naked Brain Inc. Blog
The article talks about an adult who has only recently realised their place on the spectrum. She says that she feels that her growing awareness has led to extreme distractibility so that objects in the room, such as the fan, or textures can make her feel overwhelmed and unable to climax.
The article looks at two possibilities;
- That orgasms on the spectrum are the same as those off the spectrum
- That orgasms on the spectrum are different to those off the spectrum
It also highlights challenges to achieving orgasm for people with autism;
- Lack of sex education
- Difficulty "surrendering" self-control
- Environmental factors (non-sensory friendly environments)
- Stimulation and sensory issues leading to over or under stimulation
- Breathing technique
I'm not going to spend a lot of time commenting on the article because it's well written and considered. It doesn't pick one side or another but simply looks at the cases for and against.
It's already balanced.
I will point out however that while orgasms themselves may not be different, it's entirely conceivable that the people involved may experience difficulties if they are on the spectrum due to sensory issues.
Remember that many people on the spectrum have major sensory issues. Tripping them would be enough to break anyone's concentration.
The article does actually mention this but I figured it was still worth a highlight.