Sensory processing is how we process and respond to sensory information around us. The human body takes in sensory input from all the sensory systems, organises it in the brain for functional use, and then sends out signals to the rest of the body to activate the appropriate motor, behaviour, or emotional response. This often happens automatically, unconsciously and nearly instantaneously.
How can I tell if my child is experiencing difficulties with their sensory processing skills?
If a child has sensory processing difficulties, they might:
- Have poor attention
- Demonstrate inappropriate behaviour
- Seem overly active
- Appear very lethargic
- Have difficulties in learning and retaining learnt skills
- Show heightened reactivity to sound, touch or movement
- Be under-reactive to certain sensations (e.g. not noticing their name being called, being touched, high pain threshold).