Specifically, children who move all over the place, touch everything in sight or bump into objects may be seeking movement (vestibular and proprioceptive input) to regulate their own body. Those who participate in these activities require more sensory input than a typical child in order to self-regulate.... read more ›
This behavior is typical of their sexual development, though it can lead to some awkward or embarrassing moments for parents. Some kids might also touch themselves when they're scared or anxious — this behavior is more about self-soothing.... see more ›
Physical touch might be your son's primary way of expressing affection. It could also be that he craves closeness to you at times where he feels anxious, insecure, or some other way that would have him seeking comfort.... read more ›
Reassure your child that most touches are okay touches, but that they should say "NO" and need to tell you about any touches that are confusing or that scare them. Give your children a solid rule. Teach them it is NOT okay for anyone to look at or touch their private parts, or what is covered by their swimsuits.... continue reading ›
If your children are not touched, they can get into a deficit state that can lead to negative mental health as well as show up as psychosomatic symptoms. These symptoms could include a headache, abdominal pain, anxiety, and sadness, to name a few.... see details ›
Sensory seeking behavior is a term used to describe a large class of responses that occur to meet a sensory need. Individuals engage in sensory seeking as a way to obtain feedback from the environment. No two sensory seekers demonstrate the same seeking behaviors.... see details ›
Curiosity about genitalia is a perfectly normal part of early sexual development. When little kids touch their own genitals or show an interest in looking at other people's private parts, they are most likely doing what young children are born to do: learning about themselves and the world around them.... read more ›
How to Deal with an Overly Affectionate Child. Model good personal boundaries as well as physical boundaries with partners, friends, and other family members. Don't react to boundary violations with anger. Remind children that it's important to ask before hugging and kissing anyone, that it's about respect.... continue reading ›
They're learning about how people show love to other people.” Toddlers see their mom and dad or other adults expressing their feelings by kissing and touching each other, sometimes in suggestive ways, Rinaldi adds, and it's not surprising that they'd imitate this.... see details ›
Grabbing and squeezing everything is simply a natural response that 2 year olds display towards whatever catches their attention. For some reason, your daughter has latched onto squeezing your face as a particular way of "connecting" with you.... see more ›
- Think clothing feels too scratchy or itchy.
- Think lights seem too bright.
- Think sounds seem too loud.
- Think soft touches feel too hard.
- Experience food textures make them gag.
- Have poor balance or seem clumsy.
- Are afraid to play on the swings.
If your child has a sensory processing disorder, he or she may be sensory craving, sensory seeking or exhibit sensory offensiveness. This is defined as highly interested in movement, lights, colors, sounds, smells and tastes that excite.... see more ›
- not responding to their name.
- avoiding eye contact.
- not smiling when you smile at them.
- getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell or sound.
- repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body.
- not talking as much as other children.
Tactile defensiveness, sometimes referred to as tactile hypersensitivity or tactile sensitivity, is an over responsiveness to tactile input. Children with tactile defensiveness may exhibit a low threshold for registering a tactile sense. For many people, the majority of tactile stimuli are perceived with neutrality.... view details ›