Warning Signs of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction or Developmental Delay

Sensory Integration

  • Overly sensitive to touch
  • Avoids touch
  • High or low activity level
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Behavior problems
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Does not turn head towards light or sounds
  • Dislike of food textures
  • Becomes upset with loud or unexpected sounds
  • Dislikes bright light
  • Difficulty focusing with visual clutter
  • Dislikes strong smells
  • Becomes sick easily in cars or on rides
  • Seems oblivious to pain or overly sensitive to pain
  • Risk taker, unaware of safety hazards
  • Exert too much pressure with touch or when writing/coloring
  • Dislikes brushing teeth or gags easily
  • Rubs away kisses or places that have been touched
  • Dislikes hair brushing
  • Dislikes cutting finger and toe nails
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty concentrating


Up to one year:

  • Poor head control
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Does not play with rattles
  • Does not roll over or difficulty with rolling
  • Does not reach towards objects and faces
  • Does not sit independently
  • Does not pick up finger foods
  • Does not crawl on hands and knees
  • Does not babble

Up to two years:

  • Does not walk independently
  • Does not say three to five words
  • Does not drink from sippy cup
  • Does not point to named body parts

Up to five years:

  • Does not sing phrases of songs
  • Does not play group games
  • Does not dress independently
  • Does not toilet independently
  • Does not eat with utensils

More than 10 years:

  • Fatigues with writing
  • Slow to complete tasks
  • Difficulty with complex tasks
  • Frustration or anxiety with complex tasks
  • Requires assistance with activities of daily living
  • Noticeable cognitive difficulties
  • Difficulty writing down homework assignments
  • Unable to complete sit ups without compensating
  • Unable to complete push ups without compensating