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Sensory Processing

Understanding Sensory Processing

Sensory Zone Sensory Processing

At the Sensory Zone we specialize in sensory processing. Sensory processing (also referred to as “sensory integration”) is a neurobiological process that refers to the way a child’s body receives and then interprets messages from their sensory systems.  (touch, vision, auditory, taste, smell, vestibular, and proprioception).

The sensory systems work together, affecting motor coordination, motor planning, balance, body scheme, attention, emotional stability, self-esteem, and much more. Sensory processing is necessary for us to interact with our environments. It can be viewed on a continuum, with some people having a more integrated system and some people having a less integrated system.
When a dysfunction in sensory processing interferes with overall development and functioning, intervention is needed. Careful study is necessary in order to determine which aspects of a child’s sensory processing functions require attention.

The following are some of the signs that a child may have a dysfunction in sensory-motor processing:

  • Avoiding or overreacting to touch including sensitivities to
    clothes, hair-washing, light, and/or sound
  • Intense roughness with toys, body, or siblings
  • Biting, chewing on clothing or writing utensils
  • Spinning, hand-flapping, head banging
  • Short attention span, being easily distracted and/or hyperactivity
  • Lack of physical coordination, clumsiness
  • Fear of movement, avoids motor play
  • Dislikes change, difficulty with transitions
  • Repetitive speech and/or slow speech
  • Emotionally immature, lacks coping skills
  • Behavior problems, outbursts, frequent tantrums
  • Lacks body image and awareness
  • Disheveled appearance
  • Decreased confidence, low self-esteem
  • Difficulty relating to peers
  • Learning or academic problems
  • Poor fine or gross motor control
  • Poor handwriting, difficulty with copying
  • Fear and anxiety in new situations
  • Limited diet

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