Many special needs children might have a delay in sensory development. This might mean that your child doesn’t see, touch, and otherwise experience the world around her in the way that you would expect. Recognizing what those sensory delays looks like, can help you to pinpoint issues your child is having.
Touch sensitivity might show up when your child is touched by someone else, held, or even when she’s near other people. You might notice that she’s sensitive to touch because of her clothing, too. Sometimes tags might be irritating or certain fabrics may be more troublesome than others. It may take some time to narrow down what exactly is causing the problem.
Just as touch can create issues, so too can sounds. You might find that your child is sensitive to all loud noises or just to certain noises. For other children, you might find that they notice sounds that aren’t readily apparent to you or to other people. The child, however, finds the noise overpowering.
Bouncing or Moving Incontrollably
Fidgeting or moving in ways that seem to be incontrollable can be irritating for you, but they might be a coping mechanism for your child. These movements might happen all the time or they might pop up when your child is frustrated or afraid. If you can determine what prompts these episodes, you might help your child to decrease their frequency.
If your child seems distracted or inattentive frequently, there may be other things going on that are distracting for her. Your child might appear to tune out when she’s in the middle of other activities or when she’s listening to you. At first this type of behavior might seem deliberate, but it often isn’t on purpose.
Distinct Food Preferences
Part of having sensory delays can be that foods you expect your child to enjoy, such as child-friendly foods, may not be appealing at all. There may be problems for your child with specific textures or even colors of food. You may find that your child will only eat a specific food or type of food, which can be extremely frustrating for you both.
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms in your special needs children, make sure that you mention them to your pediatrician and pediatric home care providers. There is help available for you and your child to cope with the delay and help make up for lost time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Services near Columbia PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
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