Tactile Hypersensitivity

by | Jan 29, 2019

Hypersensitivity is a difficult condition to live with.  Feeling things too intensely all the time is tiring.  When you tune in to every single feeling your skin is experiencing right now, you’re unable to think of much else.  When children and adults have hypersensitivity it can sometimes be very difficult to filter out and function in day-to-day life.

Here are some strategies you can try to reduce your hypersensitivity or that of a person you care for.

1. Sense of touch – Encourage children to explore a variety of materials with their hands, including paper mache, finger painting, interacting with dirt for gardening, etc.

2. Meal preparation – Washing vegetables and breaking apart cauliflower and broccoli as well as other fruits and vegetables that do not require a knife to cut can be very helpful. Setting the table requires handling utensils, napkins, and serving plates and this can stimulate good eye-hand coordination.

3. Finger dexterity – Activities that promote finger dexterity are always of great benefit. Activities such as playing an instrument, computer keyboarding by touch only and not relying on the vision, baking, safe carpentry workshop activities, card games, and sports grip strengthening equipment are all of benefit.

4. Alternative pencil sizes – Small, golf-sized pencils can be helpful as the grasp required to secure these small pencils will encourage a mature fine motor pinch. Pencil grippers are excellent for students who lack finger strength and a variety of different pencil grippers should be offered and changed in order to stimulate hand function.

These strategies can help reduce hypersensitivity to touch.  Less hypersensitivity, more calm and clear thinking.  We all deserve opportunities for calm and clear thinking, no matter who we are.

For more information on learning strategies for the unique learner, see my previous blogs!




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