This article provides helpful information for children that struggle with tactile defensiveness. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.
The word tactile refers to our sense of touch and to the information our body gets from our skin. Our sense of touch is important for helping us understand our own body, our surroundings and environment. Touch is also the link between people. Through touch comes bonding and relationships. Tactile sensations are sent between mother and child as soon as the infant is born, especially when the baby is feeding.To better understand your child’s tactile system and how it relates to learning, here are a few things to consider:
- Some of the tactile receptors are close to the surface of the skin and others are deep.
- Light Touch sends a signal message to the brain, which usually means, “Pay attention!” This is a useful sensation to create awareness while increasing your child’s focus on what is going on around them.
- Touch Pressure sensation occurs when someone firmly touches your skin. Most people find comfort in touch pressure input (massages, deep pressure therapy, foam rollers).
- Highly sensitive areas on the body including the fingertips, tongue and lips can have as many as 100 pressure receptors in one cubic centimeter.
- Less sensitive areas, like your back, have as few as 10 pressure receptors in a cubic centimeter.