What is Sensory Processing

SPD Foundation defines Sensory Processing as follows:  “Sensory processing (sometimes called “sensory integration” or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.”

In a nutshell, Sensory Processing is the ability of the body to send accurate sensory information to the brain, have the brain process this information correctly, and then produce an appropriate motor output in response to the sensory input.

Sensory Processing Disorder is often mistaken for other diagnoses (such as ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language Disorder and Dyspraxia, for example).  It often presents with problems such as poor handwriting, poor direction-following, being fidgety, poor eating, clumsiness/lack of coordination, difficulty with reading skills, and/or speech impairment.

Here at Sense Able Brain, we specialize in providing the most up-to-date and evidence based sensory treatment to address the functional deficits resulting from Sensory Processing Disorder.

 

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