5F: Sensory Processing

Children learn about their bodies and the environment around them by taking in information from their 7 senses.

When thinking about senses, we often refer to:

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch

In addition to this, we have:

  • A sense of movement (vestibular)
  • A sense of the position and movement of our own body (proprioception)

Some children do not process these senses as effectively as others. This results in difficulties with behavioural response, attention and motor skill development.

Key Points

  • We all have 7 senses and if we are not able to process these effectively it can result in difficulties with behaviour, attention and motor skills