Children who have tactile defensiveness are sensitive to touch sensations and can be easily overwhelmed by, and fearful of, ordinary daily experiences and activities.
Sensory defensiveness can prevent a child from play and interactions critical to learning and social interactions.
Often, children with tactile defensiveness (hypersensitivity to touch/tactile input) will avoid touching, become fearful of, or bothered by the following:
- textured materials/items
- “messy” things
- vibrating toys, etc.
- a hug
- a kiss
- certain clothing textures
- rough or bumpy bed sheets
- seams on socks
- tags on shirts
- light touch
- hands or face being dirty
- shoes and/or sandals
- wind blowing on bare skin
- bare feet touching grass or sand
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