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Signs of Sensory Overload

by | May 9, 2018

Sensory overload occurs when the body is unable to process, organize, and respond to all the incoming sensory input. Although stress is a part of life and growing up, you need to intervene when you sense that it is undermining your child’s physical or psychological well-being.


Signs of sensory processing overload in children:

  • Seems restless, tired, and agi­tated.
  • Makes poor eye contact.
  • Grades at school begin to fall, and he has less interest than usual in attending classes and doing homework.
  • Sudden paleness or flushed, sweaty, or clammy skin.
  • Appears depressed and is un­communicative about how he feels.
  • Tremors.
  • Covers ears to avoid loud sounds or voices.
  • Exhibits antisocial behavior such as lying and stealing, forgets or refuses to do his chores, and seems much more dependent on you than in the past.
  • Glazed-over look in the eyes or signs of a possible seizure.
  • The child develops physical symptoms like headaches and stomach pains.

Preventing sensory overload:

  • Offer regular sensory breaks throughout the day.
  • Maintain a predictable schedule and routine.
  • Use calming strategies and breathing techniques

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics

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