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Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing – or Sensory Integration as it is also known – is the effective registration (and accurate interpretation) of sensory input in the environment (including one’s body). It is the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input in order to behave in a meaningful and consistent manner.

Children who experience a dfficulty in processing sensory information may have what is known as Sensory Processing Disorder.

If a child has difficulties with Sensory Processing, (s)he might:

  • Have poor attention

  • Bump into things and people

  • Demonstrate inappropriate behaviour (like tantrums)

  • Have poor body control

  • Be overly active or lacking speed of activity

  • Have difficulties in learning and retaining learned skills

  • Be unable to comfortably manage crowds or group settings

  • Have immature social skills

  • Suffer from anxiety​​

If you suspect your child has difficulties with his/her sensations/ sensory processing, then one of our experienced occupational therapists can help. Contact us for more advice or support.

Some of our favourite activities to develop improving sensory processing are:

  • Physical obstacle courses

  • Animal walks

  • Trampolining

  • Visual schedules and timers

  • Finger painting, playing with shaving cream

Rough and tumble play / squishing or sandwiching with pillows or ballsUse of regulation tools e.g. stress ball or weighted items Chewy toys

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