What about proprioceptive hypersensitivity?

by Angus Johnson
(Tonbridge, Kent)

The text on this page only describes the symptoms of hyposensitivity. What are the symptoms of hypersensitivity? Strangely enough, it might make the sufferer much better at certain activities (for example those requiring a good sense of balance such as rock-climbing). I wondered if there might be a connection with fatigue syndromes (eg. PVFS/CFS) as at the time I had PVFS it felt as though my body/proprioceptive perception of movement was shouting at me. (To use a synaesthetic metaphor!)

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Feb 15, 2020
Proprioceptive hypersensitivity
by: Anonymous

My experience of proprioceptive hypersensitivity is as followed:
- avoiding any activity that require swinging, rocking, speed (my child would only play in the sand pit in the park, avoiding the swing, slide, zip line and developed a phobias of bouncy castle)

- avoiding crowd
If too many kids ( 1 or 2) would join the sand pit, he would leave or freeze. Avoiding group work.

- being very stoic in general, no running around in the shop. People around us always complimented us on how well behaved he was. Always being by my side, very immobile, no jittering or bouncing.

- finding it hard to transition when having to move, ie. moving out of the carpet in school. When I was leaving him at the nursery, he would go to an activity where there was no kids. Let say that the activity was 5 steps from where he was standing, he would do what I used to call the "crab dance". He would go there in an oblique line, doing a tiny little step, pause for 20 or 30 seconds, do another little step, wait again, etc. If anything would startled him, he would quickly go back to his original point and try again.

- find it hard to join a group that has already started an activity

- find it hard to do the action required in a play (will only say the word)

- relying heavily on the visual aspect of the room. He needs to know what the floor is like, where things are. becoming anxious if he hasn’t memorised the floor (colour, texture, patterns, etc). When he started football, he asked a lot of questions beforehand (what is the floor like? How big? Where are the parents going to be situated, are we going to be standing up or sitting down? Etc.

don’t know if it is still proprioceptive, but won’t touch people when playing "it" or tackle in football.

The good news is that a daily diet of proprioceptive input really helped him a lot. I sometimes had to used cognitive behaviour therapy or sliding in techniques to get there. Balance board, trampoline, swing, any playground activities, standing upside down, hard work, deep pressure massage and joint pulling.

Apr 11, 2018
I agree
by: Anonymous

I agree more info on prioprioceptive hypersensitivity would be good. There is this post here https://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/proprioceptive-oversensitivity-or-hypersensitivity.html

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