The sense of touch protects us and is vital for health, well-being and function.
In children, when tactile processing is distorted so that ordinary, everyday experiences can become irritating or even painful. It impacts on self-regulation for learning, development and maintenance of relationships with others, and the developing sense of self, as children try to cope in a world that stresses their nervous systems.
Sensitivity to touch isn’t always immediately apparent, but once identified, there is much that can be done to reduce or eliminate its’ effects.
In this week’ podcast,I briefly explain tactile hypersensitivity and defensiveness, and outline some ways to help.
Further Reading & Resources:
For more information about tactile hypersensitivity, see this article by Sydney Chu available for download from The Dyspraxia Foundation.
The Out Of Synch Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz
The Sensory Sensitive Child by Karen Gouze & Karen Smith
Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight by Sharon Heller