When it comes to a sensory processing disorder like autism, we can’t stress enough the importance of remembering that it is a spectrum. There are no two cases of autism, or other sensory processing issues, that will be exactly the same. That said, you could be the parent of a child with sensory processing issues and not realize it. The good news is that once you recognize the problem then you will know more about what your child needs to cope with these issues and better enjoy life. Here are some of the warning signs that you might have noticed.
Discomfort with Movement
Two lesser-known senses that all people have involve the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. These senses are responsible for controlling balance and muscular tension. When you go to the playground and notice your child avoiding playground equipment like the swinging, they might be trying to prevent too much vestibular or proprioceptive input.
Particular about Clothing
Some children favor wearing tight clothing or layers of heavy clothing, which can be both calming to them as well as focusing. The stimulation provided by tight or heavy clothes provides proprioceptive input.
Trouble Paying Attention
Sometimes it can be normal for a child to ignore directions or not pay attention. But if you notice this becoming a commonly repeat problem, your child might have difficulty processing sounds in their auditory system.
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