23 of these things apply (or did apply when I was younger) to me. How many apply to you?
1. Hypersensitivity To Touch (Tactile Defensiveness) __ becomes fearful, anxious or aggressive with light or unexpected touch __ as an infant, did/does not like to be held or cuddled; may arch back, cry, and pull away __ distressed when diaper is being, or needs to be, changed __ appears fearful of, or avoids standing in close proximity to other people or peers (especially in lines) __ becomes frightened when touched from behind or by someone/something they can not see (such as under a blanket) __ complains about having hair brushed; may be very picky about using a particular brush __ bothered by rough bed sheets (i.e., if old and “bumpy”) __ avoids group situations for fear of the unexpected touch __ resists friendly or affectionate touch from anyone besides parents or siblings (and sometimes them too!) __ dislikes kisses, will “wipe off” place where kissed __ prefers hugs __ a raindrop, water from the shower, or wind blowing on the skin may feel like torture and produce adverse and avoidance reactions __ may overreact to minor cuts, scrapes, and or bug bites __ avoids touching certain textures of material (blankets, rugs, stuffed animals) __ refuses to wear new or stiff clothes, clothes with rough textures, turtlenecks, jeans, hats, or belts, etc. __ avoids using hands for play __ avoids/dislikes/aversive to “messy play”, i.e., sand, mud, water, glue, glitter, playdoh, slime, shaving cream/funny foam etc. __ will be distressed by dirty hands and want to wipe or wash them frequently __ excessively ticklish __ distressed by seams in socks and may refuse to wear them __ distressed by clothes rubbing on skin; may want to wear shorts and short sleeves year round, toddlers may prefer to be naked and pull diapers and clothes off constantly __ or, may want to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants year round to avoid having skin exposed __ distressed about having face washed __ distressed about having hair, toenails, or fingernails cut __ resists brushing teeth and is extremely fearful of the dentist __ is a picky eater, only eating certain tastes and textures; mixed textures tend to be avoided as well as hot or cold foods; resists trying new foods __ may refuse to walk barefoot on grass or sand __ may walk on toes only

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