Hyposensitive and hypersensitive to touch?
My 3 1/2 year old daughter may have a sensory processing disorder, but it seems mixed.
She loves: tight tight squeeze hugs, cuddling, rough play, getting messy, playing in dirt/sand/mud/play doh, running barefoot on the grass, isn't bothered by vaccinations at all, etc. She loves to be massaged...and prefers a hard massage. I try to hug her tight a lot and massage her daily. She often will say "but I HAVE to!" (..please don't lick me/play so rough, etc..."but I HAVE to!").
She HATES (very uncomfortable for her/tantrums): socks, her car seat 1/2 the time, many clothes (strong preferences for skirts and nightgowns, never shorts or pants) She often complains that her shirt "isn't staying down!". She loves to be naked, recently hates her panties unless they are really big. She will only wear one pair of shoes (boots one size too big, without socks). She often struggles at night with her blanket being "not right". Some days it seems fine, and then for several days in a row it is awful.
I don't notice any other symptoms...great balance, very athletic (monkey bars, soccer, great swimmer and climber) and she does not seem overly or under cautious. Loud sounds and crowds are not too concerning for her.
Sometimes I can distract her away from her discomfort (reading a book in the car, changing the subject), and I try to be sensitive to her touch needs most of the time, but find I am getting frustrated more and more. She is starting preschool in a few days and I am dreading mornings and praying I have the patience to help her!
Does this sound like something an OT could help with, or is the mix of all her behaviors just normal phase? Am I inadvertently reinforcing this behavior?