HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD HAS SENSORY ISSUES
Sensory issues can manifest themselves in the form of a child being overly sensitive (hypersensitive) or under sensitive (hypo sensitive) to various sensory inputs.
A hypersensitive child receives too much information through their senses. This causes the brain to become so overloaded with sensations that the person sees, hears, feels, smells and tastes in ways that are more extreme than others. For example, those with hypersensitivity may have extreme responses to loud noises, and/or be distracted by background noises that others are not. These children may avoid hugs or any other types of physical contact (even with familiar adults), or be extremely fearful of an activity that requires their feet to be off the ground.
A hyposensitive child exhibits the opposite and receives very little information through the senses, causing them to see, hear, feel, smell and taste less than others experiencing the same thing. A child showing hyposensitivity may have the constant need to touch people or things, even if it is inappropriate. They may not understand personal space and appear clumsy and uncoordinated. These kids may be referred to as thrill seekers and can also be very fidgety in school.
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Ayres, A. J. (2005/1976). Sensory integration and the child. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.