I explained that Justin’s brain can’t correctly process incoming signals and develop an appropriate response. It has a very significant impact on his life.
One in 6 children suffer from it. Justin doesn’t like:
- Tags in his clothes
- Taking a bath
- He doesn’t like crunchy food
- Smells overwhelm him
- He becomes anxious, irritable and may tantrum.
- He becomes aggressive when a push feels like a shove.
Many adults suffer, too. Adults struggle with escalators, amusement rides, being barefoot, using directions, merging into oncoming traffic, judging distances and heights.
Occupational therapists who specialize in sensory defensiveness can help Justin or you to become more comfortable in your world by identifying the source of your discomfort.
Check out Sharon Heller’s book, Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight.
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