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Physical Touch for Kids With Autism: A Basic Human Need

Physical Touch for Kids With Autism: A Basic Human Need

Ammacher, J. (2017, March 21). Physical Touch for Kids With Autism: A Basic Human Need. SpringBrook Behavioral. https://springbrookbehavioral.com/physical-touch-for-kids-with-autism-a-basic-human-need/

Physical touch is a basic human need for everyone, including children with autism—even children who have sensory processing disorders and may be defensive against touch. Touch is a natural instinct that provides emotional security. On the other hand, failing to touch your child shouts just as strongly: “I don’t love you!” Clearly, this can put parents into a no-win situation if their child avoids touch altogether or is reluctant to allow touch. Even with a touch-defensive child, though, there are ways to communicate love through physical touch. To continue reading, follow the link above.