We use our senses to experience the world around us and we teach our children about the five senses – taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch. However, there are additional senses we use to tell ourselves about the world around us and our space in the world. Some of our senses help us to tell our position in space (called proprioception) while others help us stay balanced and remain upright against the pull of the Earth’s gravity (equilibrioception). Sensory processing is the neurological process that organizes the sensation from our body and the environment, allowing us to effectively use our body within the environment. Sensory process is also the way in which our brain processes sensory input from multiple sensory modalities to help us interact properly within our environment and they may be different in different people. Some people may notice they cannot hear as well if they are unable to visually see the source of sound. Others may see the movement of a car and feel as though they are moving too. Our bodies and the environment provide information that is sent to the brain through the senses. We then process and organize this information to allow us to feel both secure and comfortable before we are able to appropriately respond to specific situations and environmental demands.
Our therapists use sensory information approaches while providing care to the children who come to us for help to address the underlying sensory and motor foundation that assist a child in learning new skills more easily. We take an individualized approach toward the child’s interests and balance this with therapeutic needs.