Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Advice and Information for Parent / Carers
We all receive and process sensory information continuously throughout the day. For most people this is not a problem but for some children this can cause difficulties with behaviour and concentration, as well as carrying out everyday activities.
Each of the sensory systems is responsible for providing us with information about the world around us. Sometimes these systems work too well and too much information is taken in, overwhelming the child and making them avoid certain situations (e.g. covering ears when sounds are too loud). Sometimes they don’t work as well as they should and in those cases the child is likely to seek more of the sensation (e.g. spinning round and round to feel the movement).
Click here for information, strategies and advice on each of the sensory systems:
- Auditory Processing (how we hear sound)
- Tactile processing (how we experience touch)
- Vestibular processing (how we feel movement)
- Proprioception (our body awareness)
- Visual processing (how we see things)
- Gustatory processing (our sense of taste)
- Olfactory processing (our sense of smell)
How we process sensory information effects how we are able to participate in everyday task and activities. For your child this can mean problems paying attention in class or problems coping with things like getting his hair cut etc.
The information sheets presented on this site were developed by Occupational Therapists primarily for use as a pre-referral resource. The website accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading, or the success of any activity ideas or treatment regimen detailed in the information sheets.