Sensory Processing

Red Flags

and When to  Get Help

We all have our own unique preferences and aversions when it comes to the way perceive the sensory information in our surroundings.  But for some children, these preferences and aversions can become problematic, leading to difficulty participating in everyday activities and routines. The following behaviors are sensory red flags and may indicate that a child requires additional support.

- Extreme reactions to sudden, specific, or loud noises - Distracted by all sounds - Making constant noises - Covering ears even at the anticipation of a sound

Auditory System

- Constantly moving, fidgeting, or spinning around - Uncoordinated or clumsy - Slumping, slouching, or leaning on desk or hallways while walking

Vestibular System

- Coloring/writing with heavy pressure or not enough pressure - Constant roughhousing, playing aggressively - Difficulty with body awareness

Proprioceptive System

- Easily distracted by visual stimuli - Not noticing surroundings unless things are pointed out - Becoming fixated on visual stimuli

Visual System

Anytime these behaviors impact your child's ability to: - Interact with others - Participate successfully at school - Go out in public

When to Get Help

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