Autism is categorised (DSM IV & V) as a Mental Health disorder. Autism rarely comes alone & is often associated with the comorbidity diagnoses of Anxiety, Dyslexia, Depression & Sensory Processing Disorder to name a few.
Children who are easily distracted, sensitive to light, and oversensitive to normal touching could be hypersensitive. This infographic from a child behavioral issues center in Cincinnati has more information on sensory disorders and their symptoms.
Sensory processing disorder can present in many different ways. This is a helpful image to allow students to see how someone might feel with this disorder. Website provides very useful information for those researching this neurological disorder.
"Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done." [with a steaming cup of tea in a red mug and raindrops on a windowpane"]