The way we take in and use information from our senses helps us to know what is happening in our world and how to respond. Our senses are our vision, hearing, smell, touch, movement, and balance. We all take in and use sensory information differently, this is very individual. We call this our sensory profile. For example, some of us enjoy sitting on the train watching other people, listening to the sounds, and reading a magazine whilst other people are more relaxed when they can block out some of these sensory inputs and close their eyes listing to music with headphones on.
Children and adults living with a disability can often take in and use sensory information differently to other people. For example; a child may miss seeing detail in their environment, take longer to register a sound or react more quickly to bright lights, people, and noise. The way we take in and register, or make sense of sensory information, strongly influences our ability to learn new information, to perform activities and to participate in activities with other people.
Our team takes a really practical approach to sensory profiling. Our team can assist you and your family to gain a better understanding about how you take in and use sensory information and the influence that sensory processing has on your behavior, learning, and participation. We can assist you and your family to better understand and communicate your likes or the senses you are seeking out and your dislikes or senses you wish to avoid. We will help you to understand how you can create a sensory-friendly environment that support you to learn and participate; how to create the “just right challenge” for you and how to notice if you are not coping in your environment and what to do.