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Visual Sensitivity

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Some kids are very sensitive to the input that comes in from their visual sense.

This can make everything from studying to falling asleep a challenge.


This means your child may be oversensitive to various visual stimuli

>>> to the point that it may lead to them becoming hyperactive, dysregulated, meltdowns, running away, etc.


Different visual experiences might make your child feel overwhelmed or lead to them avoiding certain places or experiences when possible.


This might also lead to them being dysregulated, which may appear in the form of:

  • Meltdowns or Tantrums

  • Hyper or Overly Excited

Step 3: What to do

This does not substitute medical advice or an official Occupational Therapy Evaluation or Consultation.

This is strictly for educational & informational purposes.


1. Minimize Visual Stimuli during meltdowns or dysregulation

Or during times of the day or situations when meltdowns typically occur

Example:  Turn off or Dim Lights, Provide Sunglasses, Close windows

2. Pack a Visually Calming Item

During situations when your child tends to have meltdowns or hyperactivity, find a SAFE ITEM that your child can hold or have near to help take their attention away from potentially dysregulating visual stimuli.

Example: Stress Ball, Fidget Spinner/Toys, Ipad, Favorite Toy

3. Decrease Fluorescent Lighting aka "bright white light"

Use dimmable or softer/warmer light bulbs at home or in your child's room.

Example: Have your child wear glasses with filtered lenses (GOOGLE SEARCH: blue light blocking glasses).

WARNING: Wearing sunglasses too often can make it more difficult for your child's eyes to adjust to light

4. Less Wall Decorations or Distractions

Especially in their bedroom or calm down corner :) Ask your teacher if your child can sit in the front or corner of the classroom in a spot with less visual stimuli.

Example: Privacy Boards in study area or at their desk in school

5. Deep Pressure Massages when they are dysregulated

Deep Pressure or Heavy Work Activities are calming!!!

I talk more about this in my video: 5 Therapy Activities to be doing Daily

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