Tactile refers to the sense of touch. A lot of children have tactile defensiveness where they don't enjoy touching certain objects or certain textures. Sometimes children have difficulty wearing a shirt with tags, or walking barefoot on the grass, touching glue or shaving cream.
Children who experience tactile defensiveness will be more sensitive to touch compared to others. Some parents say they live in the “Land of TOO” – too hot, too cold, too bright, too tight, too hard, too rough, etc. These are some of the common signs parents can see in their children. But each child may be different and the severity may vary, it can run from mild to severe.
Tactile defensiveness can make daily activities stressful for both parents and kids. But the good news is that parents can seek help from an occupational therapist.
Here are strategies demonstrated by an Occupational Therapist that will help you and your child overcome the condition.