- crave touch, needs to touch everything and everyone
- are not aware of being touched or bumped unless they are bumped with extreme force or intensity
- are not bothered by injuries, like cuts and bruises
- may not be aware that hands or face are dirty or feel his/her nose running
- may be self-abusive; pinching, biting, or banging his own head
- mouths objects excessively
- frequently hurts other children or pets while playing
- repeatedly touches surfaces or objects that are soothing (i.e., blanket)
- seeks out surfaces and textures that provide strong tactile feedback
- thoroughly enjoys and seeks out messy play
- craves vibrating or strong sensory input
- has a preference and craving for excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty foods
"A" seems to be more of a hypo sensitive kid, but has some hypersensitive tendencies as well. One of the things A does is play with my bangs. When he is nervous or sleepy he wants my hair, it doesn't matter where we are at, he will ask for my hair. A is also a kid that likes to wrestle, jump, and pretty much bounce off of things and people! One treatment A has been prescribed by his OT is a Sensory Diet with Heavy work Activities. Some of these activities are:
- Whole body actions involving pushing, pulling, lifting, playing, and moving
- Oral actions such as chewing, sucking, and blowing
- Use of hands for squeezing, pinching, or "fidgeting"
I have found that allowing A a small stretchy toy to fidget improves his concentration. My main concern is getting A the supports at school for his sensory needs, but that is a whole other story, and I promise to write about it soon, we have a eligibility meeting next week. I am sure it is not going to go well. So I am getting prepared!
There is so much more to understand about sensory processing, I just wrote about the two that seem to pertain to A. the most. To learn about the other aspects of SPD go here
A great book to read about Sensory Processing is "The Out -of- Sync Child" by Carol Stock Kranowitz. It is a great book for parents and teachers alike!