Tactile defensiveness | definition of tactile defensiveness by Medical dictionary
a sensory integrative dysfunction characterized by tactile sensations that cause excessive emotional reactions, hyperactivity, or other behavior problems.
tac·tile de·fen·sive·ness (tak'til dĕ-fen'siv-nĕs)
Excessive reaction to tactile stimulation.
Behaviors such as avoidance or withdrawal in response to being touched by another person. These defensive reactions are seen most often in children with autism or related disorders.
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Have you ever witnessed the anxiety of a person with autism and tactile defensiveness
during a doctor's exam or a medical procedure?
Grandin found touch to be helpful in establishing her sense of physical location, but noted that touch could also be troublesome due to her tactile defensiveness
He demonstrates a clear hypersensitivity to touch, generally called tactile defensiveness