What is Sensory Processing?

Imagine If...

  • You couldn't focus your eyes because everyone and everything in the room catches your attention

  • Every time you tried to write with your pencil, it broke because you pushed too hard

  • You wanted to write something down but it took at least 5 seconds to form each letter. You can see the letter in your head, but your hand will not go in the right direction to write it

  • The humming of the lights sounded louder than people's voices

  • The lights in the room are so bright you have to squint, then you get a pounding headache

  • You want to sit and listen but your body just needs to move... constantly

  • Every shirt you wear makes you itch until you finally get to remove it, so instead you choose to wear the same outfit everyday

SENSORY PROCESSING is the way we understand how our body feels and makes sense of what is going on in the world. Kids learn by taking in information through their senses -- they touch, move, taste, hear, smell, and see. This sensory input is then used to plan, organize, and decide which behavior will be displayed. Depending on their sensory system, a child will have either an adaptive or maladaptive response to sensation.
HOW WE CAN HELP:
If you notice that your child is having difficulty responding to everyday sensations and their behaviors are impacting their functioning in different environments, please contact us to set up a consultation or evaluation. At dots4peds, we will:
  • Build a supportive bond/rapport with your child to increase feelings of safety and trust in order to better tolerate aversive or fearful sensations
  • Determine sensations that are perceived as calming and/or alerting to your child and provide this input as needed to improve functioning
  • Develop and integrate individualized sensory strategies into their daily routine in order to independently complete activities
  • Provide parent/caregiver resources and training to support carryover in different environments