- Sensory processing describes the way each individual interprets their environment through their senses. The sensory input that we receive by interacting with objects through taste, touch, sound, sight, and smell helps us learn more about the world around us. As we grow, our sensory preferences develop and become unique to each person.
- Signs of a sensory processing difficulty are an extreme response to or fear of noises, being distracted by background noises others don’t hear, fear of crowds poor balance or may fall often, sensitivity to clothing textures, doesn’t understand personal space, fidgety and unable to sit still or seems to be a thrill seeker are a few.
- Our sensory systems are an integral part of learning and nervous system development. In order to develop higher-level learning skills, such as gross motor coordination to walk or skip and language skills to communicate, we first need to have regulated sensory systems. If any sensory system is not regulated, then a child’s ability to learn and develop new skills can be impaired as a result. Our sensory systems are the foundation of our nervous system and if that foundation isn’t sound or strong, then learning new things, like how to put on a shirt or tie shoes, becomes extremely difficult
If you identify a Sensory Processing Difficulty with your Child:
- If your child has sensory processing difficulties, then it’s unlikely that they will “outgrow” that. If anything, a child might eventually “grow into” their sensory processing abilities, which is to say that they might eventually learn the strategies and tools that they need to best meet their own unique sensory needs. For instance, a teenager who has tactile hypersensitivity (i.e., difficulty tolerating touch or input from certain textures) might need to wear gloves when washing the dishes. Another example would be a child with vestibular hyposensitivity (i.e., needing a significant amount of movement input to focus and concentrate) who might experience improved attention given lots of movement breaks before, during, and after doing their homework.
- Our Occupational Therapists specialize in treating sensory processing difficulties and can help your family right away. Contact us now to schedule an evaluation to find out if your child could benefit from Occupational Therapy.
TEAM 4 Kids – Providing the Best Sensory Integration Therapy in the West Valley.
At TEAM 4 Kids, we aim to help children process the world around them and make everyday tasks easier. By customizing our pediatric occupational therapy to suit the particular needs of each child, we offer comprehensive solutions to a variety of skill deficits. Our team consists of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Feeding Therapists, Behavior Analysts, and Physical Therapists. We are all committed to collaborating and helping every parent improve their child’s sensory processing, fine motor, and self-help skills.
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