"Sensory" Simplified

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

This post is part of our Sensory Simplified series. To see all posts in this series, click here. Please note that the information included is only a brief summary and is not intended to be nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child's development, please consult a pediatric specialist.

The Sensory System

Just what on earth exactly is "sensory processing," and how does it play a role in development? We’ve created a blog series to lay it all out for you - so let’s start by covering the basics. As occupational therapy practitioners, this is one of our very favorite things to address, as it sets the foundation for so many other skills!

Sensory processing refers to the way our nervous systems receive messages from both people and our environment, and how we respond to them (behaviorally, emotionally or motor-wise). I’m a sucker for a good visual, so let’s throw in this flowchart: