Today we are talking about what is sensory processing and how occupational therapist can help.
What is sensory processing?
Sensory processing is the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. For example, a person will feel the sense of cold when he is holding an ice cube and a person will feel the sense of heat when he is holding a hot tea.
If sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses, it will prevent certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly (“Traffic Jam”). Our students may find it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.
How can Occupational Therapist help?
We help our students understand how to process information coming from the environment and gain a better understanding of what they need to help them regulate throughout the day.