Have you ever seen your kid resisting hugs from someone they know well or sometime’s from you too? Also, have you ever noticed your kid getting upset over a restaurant’s bright lighting pattern? If the answers are yes then your child may have sensory processing disturbance.
Now I refuse to call this a disorder as these symptoms or problems don’t actually summarize that your child has autism or any other neural syndrome. There are some commonly overlooked sensory symptoms and signs of sensory issues. These symptoms may hold the answer to why your child is behaving oddly or does unusual things.
Sensory integrations refer to the way our nervous system receives information from our senses. Sensory problems occur when a child has a difficult time receiving and responding to information or situations from their senses. Parents are in the best position to know if their child has sensory issues but they are also the ones who brush it off thinking it’s just a phase of their growing up and they will get over it. Awareness is necessary as these are difficult concepts to grasp and understand for parents. Sometime’s parents know that something isn’t right but they are downright discouraged by the doctors.
Sensory issues aren’t easy to deal with, a roller coaster ride. There are days and nights of tears, frustration, misery, self-pity, of immense joy at the tiniest of successes. For parents how many techniques they try, every day is a struggle. Your child is facing a hard time with patience and sensory processing which is impacting their emotional, social and physical growth.
Moving forward let me give you a brief explanation about the senses-
- Auditory system – The sense of hearing
- Olfactory system – The sense of smell
- Visual systems – The sense of sight
- Tactile system – The sense of touch
- Gustatory sensory system – The sense of taste
- Vestibular system – The sense of balance
- Proprioceptive system – The sense of the relative position of body muscle and joints
In this article, we’ll discuss sensory red flags behaviors related to sensory integration. Once you begin to understand and recognize the challenges of any sensory system in your child, you may want to consult an occupational therapist for further evaluation.
Here are 10 Sensory Red Flags categories every parent should know about:
1. Phenomenal Tantrum
Sensory processing issues may deal with only one sense or multiple senses. Dramatic meltdowns, it’s the first noticeable symptom for every sensory processing disturbance. Parents experience so many meltdowns every day and none of them are pretty. Kids have a meltdown when there is an overload of stimulation. All the information and the sensory attributes turn into traffic jams in your kid’s brain. It makes them unable to cope with the present situation and has a meltdown.
These kids find it difficult to stay still, have the tendency to fidget or move around in their seats. Kids who have this condition will often be seen running around and touching different things, playing with different objects, or talking about different topics at a rapid rate, fidgeting, unnecessary movements of the hands or feet, squirming, etc.
They will often drop things in the middle of the process, and may easily be bored with the task at hand. Kids with this type of symptoms will have difficulty focusing and sticking with one activity or idea. These individuals may seem slow or spaced out, easily disoriented, or lethargic. They may also experience difficulties understanding verbal or written instructions. They may face significant problems in terms of focus, concentration, and attentiveness.