Concerned About Your Child's Sensory Sensitivities? Take Our Free Sensory Sensitivities Quiz.
Author: Lily Baiser, MS, OTR/L
Introduction to Sensory Sensitivies & Sensory Processing
Parenting is a journey filled with joy, challenges, and countless discoveries about your child. For parents of children with developmental differences, understanding and addressing their unique needs becomes a crucial part of the parenting experience. One aspect that often stands out is sensory sensitivity, a topic that deserves our attention and understanding.
Sensory sensitivity refers to the heightened response or aversion to sensory stimuli, such as touch, sound, taste, or sight. Sensory processing, on the other hand, is how the brain organizes and interprets these stimuli to make sense of the surrounding environment. In children with developmental differences, these processes may work differently, making sensory sensitivity a common concern.
Signs of Sensory Sensitivity in Children
Recognizing signs of sensory sensitivity in your child is the first step toward understanding their unique needs. Common signs include:
Overreacting or underreacting to stimuli: Your child might be hypersensitive (overreacting) or hyposensitive (underreacting) to sensory input.
Avoidance behaviors: A strong aversion to certain textures, sounds, or activities may indicate sensory sensitivity.
Difficulty with transitions: Changes in routine or environment can be challenging for a child with sensory sensitivity.
Limited food preferences: Picky eating or aversions to certain textures and tastes may be related to sensory issues.
Unusual motor patterns: Awkward movements or a preference for specific movement patterns may be indicative of sensory sensitivity.
Impact on Families Throughout the Day
Sensory sensitivities can have a profound impact on families, influencing daily routines and interactions. For example:
Morning Challenges: Getting dressed, brushing teeth, or dealing with breakfast textures can be difficult for a child with sensory sensitivity.
School Struggles: Classroom environments, loud noises, and social interactions can pose challenges for children with sensory differences.
Mealtime Mayhem: Sensory aversions may lead to mealtime battles, making it challenging to ensure a balanced diet.
Bedtime Battles: Sleep routines can be disrupted due to sensitivities to pajama textures, room lighting, or the need for a specific bedtime routine.
Solution - Kinspire's Free Sensory Sensitivity Quiz
Understanding your child's sensory sensitivity levels is a crucial step toward providing the support they need. We at Kinspire are here to help you with our Sensitivity Sensitivities Quiz. This 15-question assessment is designed to provide insights into your child's sensory preferences and challenges.
Upon completion, you will receive a detailed results directly in your email inbox. As a bonus, we offer a Sensory Process Guide filled with tips, tricks, strategies, and scripts to help your family easily implement supportive measures at home.
To take the quiz, click here.
Embark on this journey of understanding and supporting your child's sensory needs. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our expert occupational therapists. During this consultation, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your child's unique needs and goals, and together, we will build a personalized program for their success.
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