What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

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.