Sensory processing is how our brain takes in sensory input and interprets this information for use. So what does this mean…I am talking about how we react to sensory input or stimuli. Sensory processing is the way our brain takes in the stimulus and interprets the stimulus or input to produce a reaction by our bodies.
Some examples to show you what this looks like are:
- Gets upset when hands or face get messy
- Eats a limited variety of foods
- Takes longer than other children their age to respond when their name is called
- Frequently moving around the room/can’t seem to sit still
- Does not make eye contact when someone is talking to them
- Bumps into objects when walking around their environment
In all of the above examples the statements show how you can either avoid or have sensitivity to stimuli, or seek out stimuli in order to make their bodies feel better. Once they have achieved the feeling that is just right for their own bodies, the children will be ready to focus and learn, and will have the opportunity to be successful in their daily life activities.
One important point to remember is that many people have Sensory Processing difficulties or differences from others that don’t require sensory therapy. However, when the sensory processing difficulties begin to interfere with a person’s ability to function on a day to day basis, therapy is often recommended.
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