The need for touch

by mommy of 2
(brick nj)

my 2 year old son who has not been officially diagnosed with spd (yet his OT says he has alot of sensory needs and disabilities) which honestly thats fine with me so what if its not on paper he isnt in school yet and his OT is helping me with everything... my son is hypo in almost all his "senses" but especially when it comes to the need for touch he craves it 24/7.


we have "messy" play every morning for 1 to 3 hrs but thats not enough does anyone have any ideas of things i can bring with me in the car or in a store that he can get some kind of tactile sensation out of. keep in mind he is a 2 year old boy who craves slimy messy gooey things. the textured balls dont work. and i really need to be able to go to a store without him touching everything cause lots of things always wind up broken if his fingers aren't kept busy

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Jun 03, 2012
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Similar child with touch issues
by: Anonymous

My now four year old son is almost the same with touching. He has to sleep with us and be touching someone's face or hands the entire night. He is still waiting on his diagnosis and evaluation but his therapists at the age of 2 starting telling us they thought he could have s.p.d. We kept age appropriate toys with us at all times. He liked the little cars and trucks because they had lots of sides/details to touch. As he got older, we used sensory balls, toy figures, any type of heavy toys. He is constantly hugging on everyone but he did well once he got in preschool and was able to act within some boundaries as far as the constant touching and invasion of other's space. Hope that your son does well in preschool and it helps.

May 04, 2012
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need for touch
by: mommy of 2

i think we each have our pros and cons i feel for u cause i could not imagine what it would be like to not hold and hug my son but i guess its natural to think the grass is greener on the other side. my son cant sleep without constant touch he cant sit with out holding something he cant go more than 5 minutes without having to be held, squeezed, cuddled, or holding, and squeezing something. And since i have a 13 month old also and i am on my own it gets hard to constantly fufill his needs. he starts preschool in a few months and i know he is going to have a hard time cause i wont be there to hold and squeeze him constantly. in some aspects i feel your the lucky one cause u can have a free hand to cook clean or do pretty much anything you need.

May 01, 2012
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Silly putty
by: Anonymous

My son likes silly putty the best. Beware getting it stuck on carpet though! Play Dough & clay are other options.

Apr 19, 2012
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re: NEED FOR TOUCH
by: Anonymous

Hello. You are very lucky. We hope our son would allow us to hug him. but he gets away from us and avoids eye contact.We are going to have him assessed this april 25. He is turning two this july.

Regards.

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