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Sensory Processing Checklist

The Mom Approved Sensory Checklist for Parents and Teachers.

 It’s not uncommon for people with ASD to struggle with sensory issues. They often find themselves overwhelmed by loud noises, bright lights, and other stimuli that others might take in stride. In addition, some people with ASD have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what isn’t. These challenges can make everyday activities difficult for them.

Sensory Issues Symptoms

Sensory processing checklist:

  1. High Pain Tolerance
  2. Over reaction or heightened reaction to taste, sound or touch.
  3. Under reaction to taste, touch or sound.
  4. May have a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD or both.
  5. Easily distracted
  6. Poor Balance
  7. Difficulty understanding their own strength
  8. Poor Personal Boundaries
  9. Too Loud or Very Quiet

Is There A Touch Aversion Quiz?

Touch aversion is also referred to as tactile aversion or tactile defensiveness.

At this time, there is not a specific touch aversion quiz or test.  

For kids with autism, there are many symptoms to watch for around touch sensitivity.

  1. Dislikes clothing tags and the feel of textured clothes
  2. Can’t tolerate the feel of socks and even shoes
  3. Doesn’t want nails cut
  4. Picky eater due to food textures
  5. Does not like much physical contact with other people
  6. Hair and teeth brushing
  7. Dislikes personal touch  ie-hugs
sensory processing checklist

What Are Sensory Issues?

The first step in managing sensory issues is to define sensory issues.If you suspect your child has sensory processing disorder (SPD), you should consult with a qualified professional who specializes in SPD.

A qualified professional can help you determine if your child has SPD and what type of treatment would be most appropriate for him/her.

Occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to teach kids with ASD how to better process sensory input. These techniques include using visual supports such as pictures and symbols, teaching kids to focus on one thing at a time, and helping them learn to tolerate touch.

sensory processing checklist

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological condition that affects how people perceive their environment. 

People who have SPD may experience sensory overload, difficulty filtering out distractions, and/or problems focusing attention. 

These symptoms can cause significant challenges at school, work, home, and social settings.

2. Symptoms of SPD include: – 

Difficulty paying attention – 

Problems with focus – 

Trouble following directions – 

Poor impulse control –

 Hyperactivity – 

Inability to sit still – 

Difficulty reading – 

Difficulty writing – 

Trouble understanding speech – 

Trouble remembering things – 

Trouble learning – 

Trouble sleeping

What are Vestibular Disorders?

Vestibular hypersensitivity or vestibular processing disorder is the brain and inner ear link that gives your body balance

Vestibular Bilateral Disorder affects balance and gait (walking).

When balance is disrupted, kids will have dizziness and clumsiness problems. These problems can lead to falls.

Where is the vestibular nerve?

The vestibular nerve is located in the inner ear and transfers sensory information.

What types of doctors treat vestibular disorders?

Ear Nose Throat Doctors



Vestibular Disorders Association

Find A Vestibular Disorder Specialist Near Me

Follow Up Resources

Sensory Intelligence

Take the Sensory Intelligence Quiz Online!

 This sensory issues quiz will walk you through sensory processing checklist and overload test.  

Fun Sensory Play

Do not miss out on their sensory path products for your child with sensory processing disorder!

Very Well Health

Get more detailed information on Vestibular Disorders from the Very Well Website.


Hey there!  I'm Betsy.  Mom, RN, special education teacher and blogger at The Autism Daily Brew.  Working hard to bring you the best resources in autism.

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