The Senses

The experience of being human is embedded in the sensory events of our everyday lives

Winnie Dunn (Dunn, 2001)

The senses and how they are organised

Exteroceptive

Information from the external world

Visual

Hearing

Smell

Touch

Taste

Interoceptive

Regulating internal processes

Hunger

Thirst

Bladder & bowel fullness

Nausea

Temperature

Respiration

Body in Space

Based on posture & movement

Proprioceptive

Vestibular

Sensory Processing

 

The way the human nervous system receives and uses sensory information.

 

We use sensory information to:

  • Develop perception of our bodies – ‘this is me’
  • Filter, assess and compare information from our environment
  • Form appropriate behavioural responses
  • Develop fundamental skills

 

An unconscious process of the brain which:

  • Gives meaning to sensation
  • Selects what to focus on
  • Is the foundation for development, learning and social behaviour
  • Has links to emotion and memory

 

Self-regulation

 

“the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours and attention…(to) help achieve positive goals, such as maintaining good relationships, learning and maintaining wellbeing.” (Shanker, 2010)

 

Many people have difficulty with how they are able to process sensory information because of a disability, illness or injury. They may need more help to regulate themselves to be ready to engage, learn, communicate and develop skills

The invisible challenge

 

Underlying difficulties with sensory processing are not obvious, yet can be contributing to developmental and learning delays, difficulty regulating emotional states, communication challenges and non-adaptive behavioural responses.

 

By understanding the signs that someone might be having difficulty processing everyday sensations, we can provide support and environmental adaptation to assist them throughout the tasks of their everyday life.

Learn more about sensory processing

 

We offer training and professional development around sensory processing. Contact us to discuss your needs.

 

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