Sensory Processing

Finding balance and comfort in sensory experiences.

Sensory Processing, what is it?

Sensory Processing is the ability of the body to deal with and process the sensations the child is exposed to (such as touch, visual stimuli, sounds, taste, smell, the sense of movement and body position.)

Sensory processing difficulty is when our brain is unable to deal with all this input. When we can’t, as children, we react (tantrum, cry, suck, chew, race around, fidget, lash out, bite) or withdraw (move away, go quiet, go pale, appear not to hear or be ‘present’ or even fall asleep).

Our children display clumsiness and are unable to simulate and use the information coming into their system. Other children will be rigid and will try to control their environment so they can control the sensory input.

Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson for Children pride themselves in their ability to treat children with Sensory Processing difficulties of over or under sensory responsivity, motor dyspraxia or DCD and bilateral integration.

How?

  • Using the principals of Sensory based therapies in their Sensory Integration gym to improve muscle tone and core strength, bilateral coordination, motor planning, coordination, attention and concentration. See more…. Testimonials
  • Educating parents, teachers and the child sensory strategies to overcome the symptoms
  • Using calming tools such as weighted blankets, lap bags, suck/blow toys, chewing to get through the day.
  • Therapeutic Listening or the Integrated Listening System to calm the subcortical part of brain and allow the brain to process the sensory stimuli without overload.
  • Learn about the child’s day and work out ways to deal with situations that ‘spike’ their sensory sensitivities, or reactive behaviour.
  • Support sleep as sleep disturbance is often also present.
  • Learn thinking strategies to override the sensory behaviour (Eg Alert Program, use of breath)
  • Break down activities of daily living, fine motor skills and retrain the brain to smooth down and overcome the motor planning difficulties.

Does My child have Signs of Sensory Processing Difficulty?