What is Sensory Processing?

What is Sensory Processing?

What is Sensory Processing?

A brief explanation is this is the process that organises sensations from your body and the environment. Specifically it deals with how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs, i.e. visual (sight) tactile (touch) auditory (hearing) and olfactory (smell). It is thought that inputs from different sensory organs are processed in different areas of the brain.

Some of the things carers may observe is that a child has an unusual dislike of noise, light or clothing that they may find irritating. Clumsiness and difficulty with fine motor skills are also signs carers may notice.

Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) can show as either over stimulation (hypersensitivity) or under stimulation (hyposensitivity) of the senses.

I have included references below for you to access if you are interested in knowing more information on this topic.

There are a great range of Sensory Calming products available which carers may find helpful to fulfil the sensory needs of children with Autism, ADHD or SPD but the toys are suited for all children. The toys and fidgets can assist with anxiety and stress and also aid concentration.

Many of the items are reasonably priced with some of the fidget toys costing from $6.00 and chewable necklaces from $12.00. Some sites are NDIS approved suppliers.

Useful reference sites for more information or calming products may be found at: