Sensory processing is an area in which professionals have differing opinions, theories and approaches. To keep it simple, I will discuss sensory processing in terms of "sensory seeking" and "sensory sensitivities". Seeking and sensitivities can apply to all senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste and movement. However, all senses may not be the same; if one of your senses tends to be more "seeking", you may have another that is more "sensitive". For example, a person may re...ally seek out strong flavors in their foods (sour, salty, spicy), but that same person may be sensitive to touch (i.e. hugs). Again, I will say that it is important to remember each and every one of us processes sensory information differently. While one sensation may be comforting to one person, that very same sensation may be agitating to someone else. Next week, I will talk more specifically about sensory seeking.
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist