In the autism community, tactile sensitivity is the most commonly reported sensory disorder amongst parents of children on the SPD spectrum.
Some children find themselves overly sensitive to textures otherwise known as sensory avoiders, while others actively seek tactile stimulation also known as sensory seekers.
If you ever find your child touching anything in sight, switching from item to item, they are most likely a sensory seeker. Such behaviors occur when children are unable to satisfy their tactile sensory needs.
As a result, children start exploring and find surfaces and objects which they probably shouldn't be touching and could hurt them.
As a parent, you can take steps to make your home a "tactile-friendly" space, to satisfy and calm your child's SPD needs.
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:
- Add a variety of textures - sensory seekers preferences in textures is unique but crave a variety of tactile stimuli. Sensominds' Sensory Busy boards are great tools, providing a multitude of fabrics and interactions to keep your child occupied.
- Find pressure items - due to a heightened craving to feel, the act of pressing can be of help. SensoMinds' pin art and sensory hedgehog blocks can provide such stimulation.
- Durable spaces - ensuring durability will allow curious hands to explore freely and satisfy your child's needs.
Every child within the SPD spectrum has different tactile sensory needs. You must understand which textures and activities are unique to your child to best support them. Making appropriate changes to your child's environment can help satisfy their needs and give them a calmer state altogether.