MAKING SENSE OF THE SENSES

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing makes each of us who we are, with individualized preferences and aversions that influence what our interests and chosen activities may be.

Understanding and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties can be really difficult. Children who often become overwhelmed by sensory challenges can react with meltdowns, tantrums or withdrawals. There are also children who are under-responsive to sensory information and therefore can be difficult to engage.

Why is sensory processing important for some children – especially those with ASD? How do sensory processing issues impact on a child’s participation in daily activities?

Understanding and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties can be really difficult. Children who often become over-whelmed by sensory challenges can react with meltdowns, tantrums or withdrawals. There are also children who are under responsive to sensory information and therefore can be difficult to engage.

How can we better understand sensory processing so that we can better support these children?

To start helping a child, we must first make sense of why they are reacting this way. Intervention is aimed at improving understanding about sensory reactions, at facilitating change, and facilitating participation in the child’s tasks.