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Physical and Sensorimotor Tip Sheet

Physical and sensorimotor problems can include pain as well as changes in hearing and vision.

Look for These Difficulties

  • Dizziness, headaches, difficulty hearing, light/noise sensitivity
  • Difficulty reading due to vision changes
  • Challenges with focus or concentration due to pain or light/noise sensitivity
  • Lack of coordination


  • Notice what increases your symptoms by keeping a journal of daily activity
  • Avoid overhead lights, (especially fluorescent), close blinds, use lamps, wear sunglasses
  • Limit substances like caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco as they can make headaches, light sensitivity, and pain worse
  • Keep a structured daily routine
  • Use earplugs or noise canceling headphones
  • Schedule breaks after difficult or mentally taxing tasks
  • Try using alternative seating such as a standing desk or ball chair
  • Sit at the front of the room during meetings or in group settings
  • Advocate for yourself! Ask for large print options, for breaks, dim the lights, or to close doors during meetings