What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

The sensory systems and sensory processing
What is Sensory Processing?

Sensory processing is the ability to take in sensory information from the world around us and interpret this information effectively so that we may function optimally throughout the day. The brain processes information through 7 sensory systems.  These include the sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound, as well as through body awareness and movement systems


Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when the nervous system has difficulty regulating, processing and interpreting information from one or more of the senses. This affects one’s ability to function optimally across multiple environments.  This disruption in sensory processing can adversely affect a child's social skills, academic performance and motor development.

It is important to know that while early intervention is always ideal, issues with sensory processing and primitive reflexes can be treated at any age. It is NEVER too late to begin addressing your concerns.