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SID Sensory Difficulties

Children with SID often display very specific sensory difficulties as follows:


Responds negatively to unexpected or loud noises

Holds hands over ears

Cannot filter out background noise

Seems oblivious within an active environment


Prefers to be in the dark

Hesitates going up and down steps

Avoids bright lights

Stares intensely at people or objects

Avoids eye contact


Avoids certain tastes/smells that are typically part of children's diets

Routinely smells nonfood objects

Seeks out certain tastes or smells

Does not seem to smell strong odors

Body Position

Continually seeks out all kinds of movement activities

Hangs on other people, furniture, objects, even in familiar situations

Seems to have weak muscles, tires easily, has poor endurance

Walks on toes


Becomes anxious or distressed when feet leave the ground

Avoids climbing or jumping

Avoids playground equipment

Seeks all kinds of movement and this interferes with daily life

Takes excessive risks while playing, has no safety awareness


Avoids getting messy in glue, sand, finger paint, tape

Is sensitive to certain fabrics (clothing, bedding)

Touches people and objects at an irritating level

Avoids going barefoot, especially in grass or sand

Has decreased awareness of pain or temperature

Attention, Behavior

And Social

Jumps from one activity to another frequently and it interferes with play

Has difficulty paying attention

Is overly affectionate with others

Seems anxious

Is accident prone

Has difficulty making friends, does not express emotions

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