10 Sensory Red Flags You Might Be Missing

Commonly overlooked sensory symptoms and signs of sensory issues that could be a clue to your child’s needs, which will decrease confusion and frustration.

This thing happens to me all the time as a pediatric OT… I’m talking to parents during a consult, a play-date, or even in line at the grocery store, and the parent casually mentions, often in passing, an odd thing that their child does. Maybe their child walks around on their toes all the time, gags at some foods, or hates being messy? Sometimes they aren’t even that concerned about this odd “thing”. Often times, I know this “thing” their child is doing is a sensory symptom or sign of a sensory issue (which isn’t as bad as it sounds!)

Sensory processing can be very complicated and the truth is many parents have never heard about it. Some realize their child may have some sensory issues that sometimes cause odd, confusing, or frustrating behaviors.

When I find myself in these situations, I usually feel a bit stuck because sensory isn’t exactly a quick topic, especially for parents who’ve never even heard about it. If you’ve found your way here, my bet is that you know at least a little something about sensory, but if not, that is okay, too. Either way, I have an exciting solution to that problem, but before I get to that, let’s talk more about these sensory symptoms, or as like to call them sensory red flags.

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