Toddler Tip: Using Sensory Cues as a Mood Predictor

Sensory Cues as Leading Indicators of Your Child's Mood

Pay attention to your child’s sensory cues that they are becoming over-stimulated. Increased saliva production, red ears, and difficulty making eye contact are great visual cues to let you know that your child may be on the verge of losing it.

A great tool that can help if you can’t leave the situation? Deep pressure – a foot massage or arm squeezes, a bear hug, even some jumps up and down on the sidewalk while holding your hands may be enough to decrease your child’s over-arousal.

Toddler Tip brought to you by Twigtale child development expert Wendy Denham, PhD.


Toddler Tip: Using Sensory Cues As A Mood Predictor was originally published on March 4, 2014. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 5, 2016.