Sensory Responses

SenseHyper (over) reactiveHypo (under) reactiveSensory Seeking
TouchTouch can be painful and is avoided
Difficulties wearing certain clothing
Difficulties washing or brushing hair
Dislikes covering hands or feet
High pain threshold
Enjoys weighted items on top of them
Will grip items or people too hard without realising
Chews items or clothing
Likes to touch everything in their environment
Will rub hands against walls
Likes to walk in muddy areas
May stand close to other people or objects
Enjoys spinning
ProprioceptionLoose balance  Lack of coordination
May not want to move around when playing
Difficulties with fine motor skills
Stands overly close to others
Finds it hard to navigate rooms
Bumps into people or items
Break toys easily  
Like hugs and rough play
May bump into things purposely
Stomp feet when walking
VestibularMay experience motion sickness May feel scared they are falling Dislike activities where feet are off the ground such as swings and slidesUnaware that they may be falling
Can stay on a swing for a long period of time without feeling dizzy
May be fidgety and move around a lot
May like to use rocking chairs or swivel chairs to maintain movement
Enjoy roller-coasters
Enjoys spinning
SightVisual information may be distorted or fragmented
It is easier to focus on details rather than whole objects
Increased sensitivity to light
Visual environments can be overwhelming
Objects appear dark or blurred
Peripheral vision can be blurred while certain objects are magnified
poor depth perception (increased clumsiness)
Interest in bright lights
May like to look at bright lights laptop screens and/or flickering lights
SoundNoises can be magnified and distorted.
It can be harder to cut out background noise
Difficulties with loud/unexpected sounds e.g. police sirens
May only hear sounds in one ear
May not acknowledge certain sounds
May enjoy crowded or noisy places
May speak loudly
May ignore human voices but respond to other sounds
May enjoy loud noises and seek these out, such as turning up the volume on a speaker or placing their ear close to the speaker
SmellSensitive to the smell of items such as food
Dislike distinctive scents such as perfumes of shampoos
Reduced sense of smell and may not recognise strong smells
Reduced awareness of own body odour
May enjoy smelling strongly scented items or objects such as pens
TasteMay find it difficult to eat certain tastes/textures as the taste is overpowering
Restricted diet
Enjoys spicy or strong tastes
Eats non-edible items such as grass or metal
May chew or taste toys, objects or clothes
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