Sensory Processing

Newsletter October 2012

Did you know?

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way our brain receives sensory messages and turns them into a response.

We are constantly taking in sensory information from the world and our bodies. We live in a sensory-rich world.

Sensory processing helps us make sense of the world.

We have more senses than just the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.

Sensory processing disorder affects at least one in twenty children.

Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulties with regulation, attention, behaviour and motor skills.

Have you met?

38018Pete has difficulty sitting still in class. He constantly touches his classmates and fiddles with objects. He chews his shirt collar. He often sits with his fingers in his ears. He doesn’t like standing in line and complains that the other children are hurting him when they touch him.

sallySally appears to be very clumsy. She trips over frequently. She bangs into furniture when moving round the class. She holds her pencil too hard and puts holes in the paper when she rubs out her work. She is disorganised and has difficulty following instructions in class.

Both Pete and Sally have a sensory processing disorder. They don’t look any different from their classmates but they both
find school very difficult.


 

Where can I get more information?

Courses

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder

Wednesday 7 November 2012

The aim of this one day course is to provide teachers and health professionals with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties the children experience at school and at home. Practical support strategies will be explored from both an educational and therapy perspective.

Sensory Strategies for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

Tuesday 28 November 2012

The aim of this one day course is to enable teachers and health professionals who have attended the Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder course to extend their knowledge on sensory integration and sensory processing disorder. The major focus of this course will be to give participants the understanding and skills necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then to set up appropriate sensory strategies within home and school.

Books

I would recommend either of the two books below as very good introductory books on sensory processing. Both books are suitable for parents, teachers and health professionals


 Leaflets

Pathways.org have produced a useful leaflet An Introduction to Sensory Integration which can be printed and copied freely.