What is Sensory Processing? PART 1/5

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Our body has 8 different senses.

When our body receives these sensations, our brain organizes and interprets the information, then creates a motor action or a behavior.

And, when you reach for the cookies, you may feel the heat from them and carefully lift one without breaking it or burning fingers.


sensory input & nervous system functions

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While a child with typical sensory processing can easily enjoy a cookie…

A child with SPD may act awkwardly or even become upset when trying to enjoy a cookie.

Because this cookie may create...

These kinds of unusual reactions happen because

Children with SPD have lower parasympathetic nervous system capacity or ability.

(Schaaf, et al., 2010)


or SPD ?

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Their symptoms could look very similar...

But, children with SPD demonstrate more immediate responses to the "just right" sensory input.

Children with other diagnoses may also benefit from OT and a sensory lifestyle, but may require more support with impulse control and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

(Miller, Nielsen, Schoen, 2012)

Your child won’t grow out of sensory processing issues, but therapy can help.

If not treated, issues will continue & may cause deficits in intellectual and social development.

A child with SPD may have a hard time reaching the next developmental milestone, and may experience difficulties just performing everyday tasks.

See examples below the graph

Flow of well-being

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Children with SPD need help to find the flow of well-being

Therapists use strategies to promote integration for our kids

To find the best strategies for your child,

understand your child’s reactions first.

Tip 1

  • Identify your child’s sensory differences
  • Attune to changes in child’s environment
  • Recognize signs of dysregulation or big emotions.

This may also help you decode behaviors as behaviors are often an attempt to cope or adapt to sensory difficulties or neurological challenges.

Tip 2.

Prior to reaching “Too Fast”

  • Organize: reduce pace & volume of voice, direct to slow activities, move to a calm environment
  • Help: identify problem & emotion without placing blame, build a plan to fix the problem
  • Repair the relationship: help your child reconnect and handle feelings in a safe & secure way

What to do during a meltdown

  • Remain calm & use quiet voice & decrease language
  • Assist your child in returning to a calm stage
  • Remove a child from the situation in case of safety risk

Do not attempt to engage your child in problem solving during a meltdown

Why We Play

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Therapy looks like play because it should be fun!

Play is a crucial part of development.

In play, kids learn lessons and skills while developing physical and emotional well-being

A kid’s brain is busy...

what am I seeing/ hearing/ smelling?
who is this new person?
what are these things?
which toy? & how to play?
can I climb on that swing?
how can I go down the slide?
Additionally, s/he is dealing with different sensations

Relationship-based therapy

Therapists follow a child’s lead to tailor a unique therapy program based on individual needs of children and families.

Build positive relationships between therapist and child via

  • Imitating of the child’s actions
  • Responding positively
  • Designing supportive environment
  • Facilitating peer interactions

We hope that...


the information provided here will be of some support in your family’s process

Perhaps this website will increase your own understanding of your child’s individual differences, help with informing friends or family members, or even help your child understand their own needs.

At Sensory KIDS we believe that caregivers are a crucial part of the team. We want to support you in understanding your child’s individual differences, including strengths and challenges. This begins with you sharing knowledge about your child. Together we will work to develop a big picture of your child’s world, most importantly the needs within your family.

We believe that your child should have fun & enjoy therapy! Building a strong relationship with your child is the first step in the therapeutic process. Our goal is to offer hope and help along the way.


For your further information...

  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Miller, Lucy (2006). Putnam Adult
  • No Longer A SECRET. Bialer, D. S. & Miller, L. J. (2011). Arlington, TX: Sensory World
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition. Kranowitz, Carol (2006). Perigee Trade
  • The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom for Life with Your Exceptional Child. Joshi, Mantu (2014). DRT Press
  • The Whole-Brain Child. Siegel, Daniel & Bryson, Tina (2011). Random House
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues. Biel, Lindsey (2009). Penguin Books
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