Quoting Tasha & Nika:" I'm so sorry Jess - I don't know what to say other than I'm here if you need to vent and I adore Levi ... [snip!] ... have any sensory issues, you know, like super sensitive skin or hating tags, stitches.. hair being touched, water in face etc?"
yes, he was diagnosed today with sensory issues, I suspected it for awhile though. He's extremely sensitive to sounds, milder sight and touch issues, nothing with taste or texture that I've noticed. Fireworks set off panic attacks, he's very sensitive to large groups of people, heights/deep water where is feet are off the ground, even jets and loud toilets are upsetting to him. He doesn't like being touched by people he doesn't know but he likes touching things. I didn't realize that was a part of it but apparently it is. When he's in a new place he will go around and touch everything even smelling it, they said it's a part of how he processes his surroundings. He can't just look and understand, he needs to feel, smell and see. When he's upset I'm supposed to "pet" him, I tried it earlier and it worked. He was flipping out over something at home so I started patting his hair and rubbing his arms, he calmed instantly. It was like magic instant calm from piercing screams and flailing his body around. I'm not sure why but they said it basically helps him focus somehow, like me touching him in a slow repetitive motion gives him a focal point when his sensory issues are out of control and he's unable to calm himself.