Tactile Sensory Functions
The Tactile Sensory Function or ‘Sense of Touch’ is made up of 4 different receptors in your skin that sense things like texture, temperature, pressure etc. This information is then sent to the brain for processing. Sometimes the area receiving the information is under or over active.
If the function is weak, the child might not feel their body as well. These are the kids that act like nothing ever hurts them. They run around with no jacket in 30 degree weather. They might also do things to themselves that seem painful to others, like shoving things up their nose or walking across jagged ground without flinching.
If the function is overactive, they might complain about little things that would not normally bother a kid, like their sock being a little crooked in their shoe, or sweaters being ‘too scratchy’. They may even be severe enough to have a Sensory Processing Disorder