Here, I will attempt to construct Brad's sensory profile:
"Ho-hum"/Sensory Disregarder (more on the profile here):
- Brad appears to react less intensely to sensations than a typical child. For example, a month ago, Brad and Jeremy were playing with a balloon which, predicably, popped. Jeremy (typical, age 5) shrieked and then cried. Brad was completely unfazed.
- I can't say he's impervious to pain, but he doesn't cry a lot.
- We've been taking Brad to restaurants for as long as I can remember and he has never once melted down or appeared upset or overwhelmed by the noise.
- He has the issues with muscle tone, postural stability, binocularity and bilateral coordination that characterize dyspraxia and underresponsivity.
Vestibular dysfunction: going back as early as 24 months, I observed his habit of turning our play balls into exercise balls. He puts them under his bum and bounces for vestibular stimulation.
Procieptive dysfunction: He loves swimming, and I think that has something to do with proceiptive input; he flaps (mostly when he's excited or aroused); and he has a habit of flopping on his favorite ball. (Yes, he has a favorite; it's orange; he gets pissy if anyone other than him so much as looks at it.) I think the flopping on the ball has to do with procieptive input (versus when he's bouncing on it, which is vestibular or motion).
Tactile: he touches his face a lot, mostly near his nose and his mouth. His school OT said it may be because there are a lot of nerve endings there.
Auditory: he doesn't respond to name consistently; sometimes seems aloof.
Visual: atypical eye contact.
Taste/smell: nothing that I've observed.