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I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause. A person doesn’t have to be on the autism spectrum to be affected by sensory issues.
Parents and teachers often ask – “How can I tell if my child has sensory problems?” My simple answer is this: Watch your child closely – the signs are there. Do you see him putting his hands over his ears to block out noise? Do you find her pulling at or taking off clothes that have rough textures or tugging at necklines where tags are rubbing? Does he become agitated every time you are in a noisy or chaotic environment? Children and adults who tantrum and cannot tolerate being in a large supermarket, such as Wal-mart, are almost certain to have sensory problems.
Dr Temple Grandin, The Way I See It
Wow. This quote continues to floor me. So does the statistic that 1 in 6 children experiences sensory symptoms strong enough to affect everyday life functions (brought to us by the SPD Scientific Work Group). That means at LEAST 3-4 in every classroom. We’re not talking about the developmentally disabled here anymore, not kids with autism. We are talking about regular everyday children who just react differently to the world.
Could this be your kid? Could this be you?
As we grow up, we learn to deal with our sensory issues, to adapt to the rest of the world, with only minor difficulties. As kids, the sensory issues can seem so much more severe.
With the knowledge and education we have today, there is no reason we cannot help our kids adapt to having different sensory experiences of the world. That is why we are here. This is our mission.
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