Sensory Processing refers to the brain’s ability to receive, organize and effectively use information provided to us from all our senses: vision, hearing, taste, smell, and the ability to detect movement (vestibular and proprioceptive systems).
Effective intake and interpretation of sensory information requires the ability to discriminate (identify differences in sensory stimuli), modulate (filter out relevant information from irrelevant information), and react appropriately to the input. Our sensory systems unconsciously relay information relating to our body and the environment to the brain. The brain then must be able to make sense of this information, and organize a response which leads to the optimal development of movement, play, social skills, learning and emotional well being.
If there is a disruption in this process, referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), it may affect overall development and daily function including: attention span, activity level, coping skills, motor skills, play skills, self-help skills, social skills, learning and emotional regulation.