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How to Work on Tactile Defensiveness in Children with SPD

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When your child shows tactile defensiveness symptoms, you may notice that they struggle to eat certain foods or refuse to wear clothing made of a particular fabric. You may become frustrated with your child who has sensory processing disorder, as trying to get them comfortable can be overwhelming. If your child has intense reactions to textures and struggles to find foods that they can tolerate, it’s time to see how treatment can help.

Tactile Defensiveness Symptoms and Your Child

The symptoms children show when they have a sensory processing disorder will include a reaction that is above and beyond what is expected when introduced to something new. While each child is different, many have trouble being fully dressed, struggle with certain types of food, and don’t like to be touched by anyone. For some children, they may be under-sensitive to touch, and require a lot of affection in order to feel safe. 

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Tactile Defensiveness Activities to Improve Tolerance

A therapist can work with your child on tactile defensiveness activities that can improve their tolerance. Clothing is a big problem, and you may find yourself exasperated trying to get your child to dress appropriately for the weather. A therapist may suggest dressing your child in layers so that they can take off clothing as necessary. For children who have problems with food, a therapist may suggest keeping foods separate for now. Fidgets, or items that your child can quietly use to keep their hands busy, are a good way to help your child focus.

Your Child’s Reaction to a Tactile Sensitivity Test

A tactile sensitivity test uses a series of applications to see how your child copes with certain stimuli. Once your child goes through the testing, it becomes possible to develop a treatment plan to work on their goals. Any child’s sensitivity can range from mild to severe, making it hard to determine specific methods to deal with each symptom that manifests.

How You Can Help Between Treatments

When it comes to your child’s behavior and sensitivities, you are likely the expert. There are ways you can help your child learn coping skills while trying to manage a sensory processing disorder. You can use a weighted blanket to help your child settle down at night. If clothing is a big problem and you find something they will wear, don’t worry about fashion and purchase the item they like in a number of colors and sizes. Your child can’t help their behavioral and emotional responses that may seem out of proportion; they just react. When you find something that works, it is going to help you and your child if you can stick with it.

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Working with Your Child’s Therapist

Getting your child to treatment can be the biggest hurdle to seeking help in the first place. We offer in-home therapy so that the treatment comes to you and your child. Treatment may include:

  • identifying your child’s triggers.
  • a tactile sensitivity test.
  • discussions to uncover what works for your child.
  • introducing new clothing or food slowly.

Your child can get the help they need in the comfort of your home. A therapist will work to find strategies that promote coping skills, and give you the tools you need to help your child.

Find Tactile Defensiveness Treatment Today

If you are searching for tactile defensiveness treatment for your child, it’s time to see how Infinite Therapy Solutions can help. We provide tactile defensiveness activities either at home or in one of our clinics to help your child overcome tactile defensiveness symptoms. Contact our Bayonne Clinic at 201-455-3144 or our West Orange Clinic at 973-939-6280 and set up an initial consultation. One of our therapists will complete a tactile sensitivity test and develop a treatment plan that works for your child.