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Touch Oversensitivity (2C)

Touch oversensitivity is when either all touch or touch in certain places (e.g. hands, feet) is overstimulating or painful and causes distress to the student.
Students with touch oversensitivity experience tactile sensations differently. They may avoid touching or being touched by others, be sensitive to certain textures or substances and ask to be excused from activities involving touchingunknown substances or that would require them to physically interact with others.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician or psychologist's diagnosis of one of the medical conditions that would be related to touch oversensitivity would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have sensitivity to any particular materials or substances?
  • Do you experience pain when touching or being touched by clothing, chair fabric, etc?
  • Do you startle easily if someone touches you?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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