Chapter 9

The Sensory Defensive Child: When the World is Too Bright, Noisy, and Too Close for Comfort

Abstract

Many children suffering from mood dysregulation show symptoms of sensory defensiveness. It is very common for children with these difficulties to become extremely agitated when touched by others, irritated by certain kinds of clothing on their body, or angry if bumped in a crowd. Often children with tactile hypersensitivities have difficulty developing close relationships with others—both emotionally and physically. Other sensory channels can be compromised as well. The child may experience sensory overload from being subjected to random or intrusive noises in the environment and avoid situations or interactions with others for this reason. ...

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