We all process sensory information as a way to take in information from around us and understand the world. For some children and adults the way this information gets processed can lead to:
- information being missed or not taken in
- feeling overloaded with too much information coming in
- input being a painful experience rather than an enjoyable or learning one
- information is confusing and hard to understand
- wanting to be always touching, moving etc as a way to try and understand the world or feel grounded
When sensory information isn’t processed smoothly then we become very confused about what is required of us in a situation. This can often lead to becoming withdrawn, anxious, angry, upset or over silly. Children who have difficulty processing sensory information may have troubles with concentration, learning, sleeping, eating, toileting, making friends and looking after themselves.
In this video series we explain what sensory processing is and how it can look feel for different children. We aim to give you knowledge of why a child may be having difficulty will sensory processing and to the clues you need to look for to help them feel supported in their own bodies.
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Day 1; Upon signing up you will get a welcome video which introduces the topic and what you are to be learning over the next few days
Day 2; Overview of sensory processing – what is sensory processing and how it affected our learning, social skills and ability to look after ourselves
Day 3; The 5 most commonly known senses – we explore taste, touch, smell, vision and hearing
Day 4; The sense of proprioception – we explain what this sense is and how it can impact our day to day life
Day 5; The sense of vestibular – we unpack this powerful sense of movement, what is responsible for and how it can make a difference
Day 6; Understanding thresholds – when sensory information triggers (or doesn’t!) trigger a response
Day 7; The sensory defensive child – those kids where sensory information is a threat and they are on high alert to touch, sounds etc
Day 8; The seeking child – those kids who just need to move all the time or touch everything and why they might be doing this
Day 9; Summary video – to help bring it all together a recap each of the videos that we looked at. It can be a-lot of information packed into a few minutes each day so this video is a small reminder of what we have learnt.