Everyday, we receive information from our senses through our eyes, nose, mouth, ears, skin and joints. We use this information to interact with the people and environment around us.
Each of us process this sensory information in different ways and our brains need to organise this information so that we can function in everyday situations such as in the classroom, at home or the playground.
The ability to perceive and recognise an object using tactile cues without visual and auditory information is called stereognosis (eg. reaching into a bag and being able to identify what it is without seeing it).
Some children experience difficulty with sensory processing and this may be seen by observing any of the following - behavioural difficulties, withdrawing when touched, fearful of ordinary movement, sensitivity to noises, seeking out movement, poor balance, impulsivity, poor organisational skills, etc. If you are concerned that your child may have a sensory processing disorder, please seek the advice of an Occupational Therapist for an individual assessment.
Information you will find on this site with regard to sensory processing will be general in nature.