Common Sensory Processing Difficulties in Everyday Life


Common Sensory Processing Difficulties

What do you think might be the most common sensory processing difficulties that parents encounter with their children in everyday life?

According to a survey from parents of children attending a specialist school in Cumbria, here are the top 4:
1.  Sleep difficulties
2.  Distress with self-care
3.  Craves fast, intense movement
4.  Hurts/harms themselves
I thought it would be helpful to look at one of these in more detail in each of the next few newsletters. Sleep was discussed in the last newsletter.

Distress with Self Care

Hair washing, nail cutting, face wiping, hair cutting, tooth brushing (to name just a few) are common difficulties that children with sensory processing problems experience. They often quite literally become a battleground between parent and child.

These self-care difficulties are often related to the child being over responsive (much more sensitive) to tactile input. The child may experience the touch sensation as being uncomfortable or even painful.

Here are some guiding principles to help:

  • Try and give control over the experience to the child
  • Alter the sensory experience in someway
  • Use regulating sensory input beforehand and during the experience. Movement (vestibular), using your muscles (proprioception) and deep pressure are all regulators and will help the child to cope better.

Find out more on this course Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder

17 and 18 October 2018 at The Space Centre, Preston

Book early to avoid disappointment.
Only one reduced price parent place left.



Clare Arnold was the winner of the draw for the Fidgetbum in the March newsletter.



Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals is a very useful handbook containing over 210 common sensory problems. The sensory explanation and then ideas to help are given for each problem. A book you can dip in and out of as needed.






Social Story Creator and Library is a free app  available from the Apple App Store.

This is a great app that lets you make your own social stories importing photos of your child. You can share and also print the stories.


There is a programme of courses arranged for the  Autumn Term.    All  courses are now held at The Space Centre, Preston and are open to teachers, professionals and parents. Applications are now open  and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please apply early to avoid disappointment.  All courses are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

All courses are also available as INSET or in house training, please contact us for further details and prices.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder 

More about this course

17 and 18 October 2018

Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds.

This popular two day course will provide participants with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience at school, home and other settings. The main focus of this course will be to give participants the tools necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

 Making SENSE of Behaviour

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14 and 15 November 2018

How do we make sense of some of the difficult behaviours we see in children and adults that we work with?  Is it just behaviour? is all behaviour “communication”? or is it more complex than this?

For example, how do we make sense of:

  • A child who appears to be consistently defiant and manipulative
  • A young person who head bangs without any apparent trigger
  • A child who never sits still, seems to be constantly distracted and unable to concentrate

Understanding why individuals behave in the way that they do, and how it may be linked to sensory processing difficulties, is fundamental to developing appropriate and effective strategies and interventions that will lead to effective change.

The aim of this two day advanced course is to provide teachers and health professionals with a structured framework to develop an understanding of an individual’s behaviour, drawing on ideas from a variety of approaches to develop an individualised formulation. This will inform a clear intervention involving developing and implementing appropriate and effective strategies and programmes to assist the individual in school, home and other settings. Understanding and integrating sensory integration theory into the formulation and intervention will form a key part of the course. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

This course provides an extension to the knowledge gained on the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.