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Sensory Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

By Erica Patino

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Teenagers are often aware of their challenges and how others perceive them. Sensory processing issues may surface in new ways at this age. The following signs are typical of sensory processing issues for teenagers, but some may also occur with other issues like dyspraxia or ADHD.

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Sensory Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

Most teens are awkward sometimes. But if your teen shows signs like these frequently, you might want to talk about it with him. Together you can explore strategies that can help.

Is Awkward About Physical Contact
At home: Your teen often shies away from hugs.
At school: Your teen refuses to go to school dances and is insecure about dating.
The issue: Teens with sensory processing issues can have trouble gauging personal space. They might also be unsure about touching (and being touched by) others.

Has Difficulty Staying Focused
At home: Your child struggles to stay on task with chores.
At school: Your teen has trouble paying attention in class and struggles to organize thoughts when writing school papers.
The issue: It can be exhausting for kids with sensory processing issues to filter information. This can make it difficult to focus.

Has Trouble Dealing With Change
At home: Your teen doesn’t want to go on family outings and is irritated by shifts in routine.
At school: Your teen gets flustered by a new homeroom location or lunch period.
The issue: Sensory processing issues can make teens overly sensitive to their surroundings. Adjusting to a new location or schedule can be hard.

Seems Lethargic
At home: Getting your teen out of bed in the morning feels impossible.
At school: Your teen slogs through the halls and slouches at his desk.
The issue: Coping with the challenges they face leaves some kids feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed.
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Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Feb 14, 2014 Feb 14, 2014

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