The Origin of The Sensory Seeker

The Sensory Seeker came about because my youngest son is a Sensory Seeker – always touching things, needing more, licking, biting, covering himself in anything he could. But I am also a Sensory Seeker as I am seeking the information to help make his life easier. He is sometimes a Sensory Avoider too.

Now I’m reading and digesting all this information it turns out it’s not so new after all – and that my 16 year old son with Aspergers had it all the time. So when he was anxiously sucking on his t-shirt so that it was soaking wet, and his lip was all sore, wasn’t just “one of those” and there were/are things out there to help.

Through this blog I will share with you my journey of understanding my little Sensory Seeker, and how he grows and develops, as well as how I grow and develop as a Sensory Seeker of knowledge.

On starting this blog my son is 4, about to go to school. He has no diagnosis (of any description) and he has a Statement of Special Educational needs for 20 hrs a week (they are in school for 30 hours). I do receive Disability Living Allowance for him – because it is not about whether he has a diagnosis or not, it’s about whether his care needs are higher than those of his peers (he is mobile and so any mobility issues will not be considered until his 5th birthday).

2 thoughts on “The Origin of The Sensory Seeker

  1. I’m so glad you have this site. Thank you. My almost three year old has an appointment with Child Find in Colorado to evaluate his needs. He has no learning delay, but he is a super seeker for sure. After reading through your site, I am coming to think my next in line who is seven might have some of his own issues. Sucking on his fingers constantly, cracking his fingers and knuckles CONSTANTLY, needing his back to be scratched/tickled/massaged everyday multiple times, and he literally cannot stay still for meals, reading or anything. I’ve been so distracted by my youngest son’s seeking, I missed even noticing what one of my other sons might need help with. I feel bad, but I’m glad to see it now. You see, I have just always been told by E’s pediatrician that he has a strong, different kind of personality and that’s why he had and still does have a lot of trouble with sleeping as with his daytime issues. With no learning delays, there has just always been some excuse as to why he does the things he does. I recently was introduced to SPD and SMD etc. I see things in a whole new light. Since this isn’t an openly discussed topic among anyone I know, it’s hard to talk about it. I’m just glad that you have this site, because it brings a lot of comfort for me. So thank you again 🙂

    1. I am glad it has benefited you and hope you get the help and support you need for all your children. My oldest child I have noticed lots of sensory issues with since my youngest was diagnosed and also wondered why it was never mentioned before.

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