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Is Sensitivity Common in ADHD Kids?
"My daughter is sensitive to clothing tags, doesn't like to wear socks, and wears gloves when she washes the dishes. A friend told me that this sensitivity is common in ADHD kids. What might be causing it?"
Some children with ADHD also have Sensory Integration Disorder (also referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction). This disorder may be manifested by fine motor and/or gross motor coordination problems, balance difficulties, and/or tactile sensitivity. Your daughter's behaviors may be caused by tactile sensitivity. Have her evaluated by an occupational therapist.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.