4. Self-Stimulatory behavior
Most of the time it refers to ‘stimming‘ or ‘repetitive movement’. These activities offer the child sensory input which calms the kid’s sensory system. Normal people also indulge in stimming to some extent like nail-biting, drumming, etc. But for these kids, it’s too significant. For example, flapping of the hands, rocking back and forth, spinning in a circle, or spinning objects. Also, they are prone to scratching and fidgeting, lining up toys and different objects. There are few other symptoms such as headbanging, staring at lights, moving fingers in front of their face or eyes, clapping their hands, etc.
Those who are suffering from sensory issues are found to lack intuition about social norms, interactions with others, and how to build relationships. Symptoms related to social difficulties are difficulty looking people in the eye, touching people, difficulty defining and using the appropriate social norms, This type of sensory issues also includes trouble in communicating, having a meltdown at crowded places. Often their lack of social etiquette can halt them from progressing in educational environments etc.
6. Sensory Sensitive
Sensory sensitivity is the most common symptom. This could be things like being sensitive to light or overly distracted by noise, to the point where it affects concentration. They are likely to have poor motor conditions which make them struggling with their balance and their motor coordination skills are also affected. Correlating behaviors with this symptom include picky eating, lights that seem too bright, etc. They are also afraid to play on swings, intolerant to tags in clothing, over-sensitive to certain smells.
7. Sensory Slow
When there are sensory-sensitive kids who are over-sensitive to sensory inputs, there are other criteria in which the kids struggle with a hypo-sensory response or under response. These kids are more passive, quiet, and withdrawn. Their behavior is also different like, immune to pain; don’t feel anything while vaccinated or while getting hurt. They don’t realize the food is too spicy or too bland also they are not able to notice and understand the details of surroundings. Some kids use too much force, etc.
8. Poor Self Concept
The psychology of self — the thought of one’s own identity is really important for any kind of behavioral improvement. Kid’s with sensory issues have trouble with inter-personal understanding. They have difficulty in self-recognition also to differentiate between self and others. The ability to think about one’s own thoughts depends on the cognitive process and without this self-awareness, these kids don’t develop the capacity to experience, communicate and regulate emotions. Also, they develop issues with kinesthesia or awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body.
9. Hates Changes
Sometimes disruption of routine is necessary and change is something every kid gets accustomed to. But for these kids, changes are like challenges. They like to follow a plan. Sometimes minor changes such as moving between two activities can be distressing for them. Often changing the sound, lights, etc. can be too much for them.
10. Physical Pain
Kids with hyper sensations often go through enhanced lingering painful sensations that is their pain stimuli is more sensitive. Sometimes looking at bright light and a small hug can cause physical pain. They have overwhelming sensory issues which is why physical sensations may be experienced differently and in some cases those are painful.