106. How it Feels DOES Matter

podcast Sep 29, 2022

In this episode, I am talking about how many of our children have sensory challenges with their tactile system.  

Our tactile system is the nerves under our skin surface that send information on touch and how we perceive our environment to our brains.  Tactile defensiveness is a condition in which a person is extremely sensitive to even light touch.  

Their brains may find some types of touch overwhelming and even painful and they can't escape it.  

Another challenge is that their pain signals may not reach their brain which makes them more prone to injury or even worse, to injuries not being identified.  

I also talk about their sensitivity to certain textures of food and our worries about their overall health when they are resistant to certain foods.  

What about certain textures of fabric or their resistance to keep their shoes on?  

All of these things are directly related to their tactile deficits.   

I encourage you to remember that while many of these things don't seem like a big deal to you or me, their challenges are real.  

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