10 Things a Parent of a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder Wants to Say to You
5. He hasn’t mastered personal space.
I apologize in advance. My son is going to get in your face — frequently. Because his proprioceptive system is underdeveloped, he doesn’t fully understand his own body in space. Thus, he has trouble understanding his body relative to yours. As a result, the only way he fully knows he’s close to you is if his face is touching (or nearly touching) yours. Again, since his auditory sense is sometimes jumbled, he ensures you can hear him (and he, you) by being all but on top of you for a conversation. He doesn’t do this to be rude… he does it because he doesn’t know any other way.
We are working on this. Please be patient with him.
6. He loves stepping on things with his bare feet.
Owing to his intense addiction to stimulation, Vincent loves stepping on everything and anything with his bare feet. This poses quite the challenge to us because he even gets satisfaction from stepping on dangerous things. He’s broken more than one plastic toy because he craved the sensation of various objects under the sensitive nerves of his feet.