Parents with children with sensory processing difficulties sometimes have concerns about touch processing, while others are unaware that their children's difficulties are a presentation of a larger underlying difficulty.
We all demonstrate some challenges with sensory integration. However, it is when the those challenges begin to decrease our ability to function normally in everyday life that intervention becomes warranted and even necessary. The following are some signs of tactile sensitivity:
- Avoids getting messy with glue, tape, finger paint, sand, etc.
- Shows fear or distress during grooming, such as fingernail cutting or face washing
- Expresses discomfort or distress with toothbrushing
- Sensitive to certain fabrics, including clothing or bedsheets
- Irritated by socks or shoes
- Avoids going barefoot
- Withdraws from splashing water
- Rubs out or scratches a spot that has been touched
- Has a hard time standing in line close to others
- Reacts emotionally or aggressively to touch
If signs like these are significantly interferring with your child's ability to function in everyday life, it may be time to seek an occupational therapy evaluation to determine sensory processing difficulties. If you are looking for an occupational therapist in Charlotte, check out Child & Family Development, we enjoy working with families and children as they learn to cope and overcome sensory challenges.
The above symptoms were shared from the Sensory Profile, created by Winnie Dunn, PHD, OTR, FAOTA.