Sensory Processing & Emotional Regulation
Sensory Integration and Processing
This is the ability to take in, sort and respond to the input received from the environment around us. Sensory processing and integration skills including being able to integrate input from the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual, auditory, gustatory (taste) and olfactory senses. These skills are essential for us to be able to function appropriately in varying environments such as noisy shopping centres, crowds or playing with certain textures (e.g. sand).
Sensory integration skills also support our independence and participation in school, social and home activities. Individuals may exhibit difficulties in sensory integration in many different ways as it will be unique to each child. For example, it may be through their difficulties in maintaining attention, they may be more sensitive to certain noises or they may be a fussy eater.