5 Red Flags of Sensory Differences in Preschoolers
4 December 2017
Sensory processing differences may present in a variety of ways in preschoolers. Your child may be overly sensitive to or distressed by everyday sensory events such as touch, movement, and more. Watch for:
1. Differences in touch
- Your child may be constantly touching objects (to the point of irritation) or intruding on others’ spaces.
- You may see a persistent seeking of oral input (such as putting non-food items in the mouth).
- Your child may be sensitive to certain textures, sock seams or clothing tags.
2. Sensitive to new experiences
- Your child may be overly fearful or cautious of new activities.
- He or she may resist changes in routines.
- Your child may be slow to learn new activities or play/games.
3. Differences in movement
- Your child may appear clumsy or awkward. He or she may bump into things, knock over items or use too much force when playing.
- He or she may be fearful of movement. Your child may avoid the swings or slide and may have poor balance.
- Your child may be in constant motion and crave rapid, spinning or upside down motion.
- He or she may engage in repetitive, self-stimulatory or self-abusive behaviors.
4. Delays in age-appropriate development
- Your child may resist or have difficulty with toilet training and other self-care tasks and routines.
- Your child may have a limited diet and may not progress to age-appropriate foods.
5. Emotional differences
- Your child may exhibit behaviors or emotions that are out of proportion to the situation.
- He or she may be intense, demanding or easily frustrated or passive and withdrawn.