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 not only processes information through the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound, but the nervous system also interprets this sensory information and translates it into movement, body position and pressure. 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 in all environments, and these difficulties can adversely affect a child’s social skills, academic performance and motor development.