Sensory seeking children and language / speech delay problems
Sensory processing disorder
My son doesn’t have autism, we still feel he sits somewhere on the spectrum albeit a very grey area but it’s a sensory processing disorder (SPD). He has sensory seeking tendencies. I just always thought – that’s just him.
These being he likes routines, he is fussy about food and the texture of food, his sense of smell is what he seems to use the most – he smells anything and it’s like – I’m not going in there or I won’t eat it etc.
He loves microfibre materials – it’s almost embarrassing as at 8 he still will cling to me when I’m dressed in a top or skirt with this material.
He will play with the fabric in his fingers and he just looks content, a bit distracted. When he was younger my very best Peter Alexander nightie ended up his comfort blanket, he just loves the slinkiness of the material.
He likes to be naked preferably, without shoes or lots of layers of clothing – difficult when you live in Melbourne. He hates long sleeves or layers of clothing. He also hates tags on his clothes we remove them off everything and he won’t wear certain fabrics, too itchy and he’s just distracted if you insist. He has been like this all his life since a baby.
The point I’m making is – look further than just the language delay to find out more – maybe there is other sensitivities that assist in a fuller picture. There is a book – The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. which is listed in the recommended reading that opened my eyes to a lot.
As a parent I found it a bit heavy going so I skipped parts but it did explain a lot about sensory seeking kids and also talks about strategies to assist them.
A great occupational therapist will also help you and it was my speech pathologist that I purchased the book from when she discovered the links, and made me think about Sensory Processing disorder (SPD) which is on the autism spectrum.
Food for thought.
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