Visual seekers are desensitized to visual input in their environment and crave sensory stimulation via light, patterns, or moving objects. 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 visual seekers.
Visual Seekers May:
- Seek out bright or busy environments.
- Prefer toys with bright, reflective, or shiny surfaces.
- Be distracted by objects with spinning, flashing, or moving lights.
- Insist on clothing and toys with specific shapes, colors, and patterns.
- Crave screen time and prefer stimulating movies and games.
How to Support Your Visual Seeker:
- Play with flashlights and other visually stimulating toys.
- Encourage a healthy amount of screen time.
- Sleep with a nightlight or calming alternative, such as a lava lamp.
- Provide a variety of colors and patterns in toys, décor, and clothing.
- Use visual aids while studying to help reinforce key concepts.
- Schedule time throughout the day to watch videos or play with stimulating toys. This can be especially helpful when transitioning from one activity to another.
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.