How to Support Proprioceptive Seekers

Proprioceptive seekers crave sensory stimulation via movement, pressure, and physical contact with others. Seekers may seem to need constant stimulation. Seekers may seem to need constant stimulation. However, they tend to become more deregulated as they take in more input. Many seekers experience symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such low impulse control, inability to focus, and behavioral problems.

See below for some ways to identify and support proprioceptive seekers.

Proprioceptive Seekers May:

  • Bump or crash into people or objects on purpose.
  • Enjoy rough play and constantly seem to be wrestling with siblings or friends.
  • Tend to stand too close to others or touch others without permission.
  • Crave bear hugs, holding hands, and other kinds of physical pressure.

How to Support Your Proprioceptive Seeker:

  • Assign chores that put pressure on joints, such as carrying groceries or laundry.
  • Encourage safe climbing, jumping, and contact games.
  • Use a weighted blanket and deep pressure therapy when needed.
  • Give hugs, cuddles, or other kinds of physical contact when asked.

Keep in mind that no two children are exactly alike, and most people exhibit both seeking and avoiding behaviors from time to time. If you think your child might be suffering from sensory processing issues, you should seek a professional assessment. The STAR Institute’s Treatment Directory is a great resource that can help you find therapists, doctors, and community resources in your area.

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