Situation #3: Eating at Restaurants
A noisy restaurant can seem like an acoustic assault for kids with sensory processing issues. Young children may hide under the table or get up and move in an effort to escape the noise. They might have aversions to foods that are “crunchy” (cereal, carrots), “slimy” (melon, spaghetti) or “smelly” (fish, cheese). Kids with sensory processing issues might also have strong preferences for foods to be served at different temperatures. For instance, they may turn away drinks served with ice. Keeping track of your child’s behavior can help you anticipate and avoid sticky situations at home and in public.