My mother in-law Debbie has been sharing with us about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and giving tips and ideas for dealing with the different sensitivities that come with that diagnosis.
Have you ever experienced the tag in the back of your shirt that drove you crazy until you ripped it out, or clothing that itched and irritated your skin? People react differently to tactile sensations. My daughter cannot tolerate the feel of velvet on her skin. No velvety little Christmas dresses for her. I dislike the feel of wet sticky stuff, such a syrup and sticky doughnuts. These problems can be very serious and distracting for children with SPD.
Tactile Sensitivities with Sensory Processing Disorder
Tactile = Cells in skin give us information about light touch, pain, temperature, and deep pressure touch.
- Tactile defensive
- Bothered by tags in cloths, glue on fingers, finger painting
- Craves input
- Wants to touch everything, walls, other children, etc.
Solutions for Parents and Teachers
- Hand fidgets
- Vary media used at sensory tables,
- Put finger paint in zip lock bag and have them paint from outside the bag by moving the paint around in the bag with their fingers
- Tag-less clothing
- Massage scalp before haircuts
- Weighted vest at dentist (x-ray vest)
- Cutting nails-soak in warm water first, press on nail bed before cutting
- T-shirt sheets on bed and snug pj's
- Pets to hold and pet
- Exercise: close eyes and reach into bag to describe objects by shape, size, and texture.
To the other posts in this series on Sensory Processing Disorder, follow the links below:
- What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
- Auditory & Visual Sensitivities with Sensory Processing Disorder
- Tips and Ideas for Sensitivities with Sensory Processing Disorder
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