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Dear David Coleman: My seven-year-old daughter has meltdowns. How do I help her?

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Your daughter may have some sensory sensitivities

Your daughter may have some sensory sensitivities

Your daughter may have some sensory sensitivities

Q My seven- year-old daughter is a loving, caring, empathetic child and feels all emotions strongly.

We often argue as she can have meltdowns easily. She shouts when she feels frustrated and also finds certain clothing unbearable against her skin. She is stubborn and I do worry that she feels anxious a lot of the time. I read articles about highly-sensitive children and she seemed to match a lot of the traits. How do I help her? How do I parent her?

David replies: It may be that your daughter has some sensory sensitivities. It might help to bring her to a paediatric occupational therapist (OT), to assess her sensory capacity and her sensory integration.