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Moderately Sensory Children as Teens

Sensory sensitive young children can be readily spotted pulling at their clothing, shielding their eyes, covering their ears, crying, or throwing "tantrums" as a response to clothing seams, tags, bright or fluorescent lights, loud noises or buzzing electronics. Their responses are frequently overt, and alert adults to their needs. As these children mature, we often find they "grow out" of their sensitivities, becoming better able to tolerate clothing, light, and noise. Yet, these adolescents may still struggle with sensory difficulties. They may prefer to only wear certain types of pants, fidget excessively, take frequent long showers or baths, pace, be a picky eater, chew on pencils/pens, or have difficulty sitting for periods of time. In some cases, they may "self medicate" with caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or vaping, or substances. Professional Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Pediatricians, and Special Educators can offer resources to provide sensory relief to teens struggling with sensory regulation.

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