Sensory Processing Difficulties
Sensory Processing refers to how we take in information through our senses, process, organise and make sense of the information and then respond to it.
For most of us, for most of the time, this is an automatic process and our resulting actions are appropriate to the situation and to society in general. For individuals with sensory processing difficulties (the autistic community make up a large proportion of people struggling with these difficulties), the process can be very different e.g. I once had a child who got his hand wedged in the middle of a hot radiator trying to locate a lost toy car. Mum was busy hoovering. When she went to him and pulled his hand free the top layer of skin came off his hand. What had gone wrong in the sensory processing chain? Did he not feel the pain? Did he feel pain but not respond appropriately or something else entirely?
Room and general environmental design and layout can have a massive impact on individuals. I have been requested to consult in a school where the individual was described to be as having ‘massive behavioural problems’. Within the first five minutes I could see that they were experiencing sensory overload. What had been seen as behaviour problems was actually the individual trying his best to cope. We made a few simple adjustments to the class room and he settled and could focus on his work.
Training in interventions and strategies such as: developmental activities, sensory integration, desensitisation and play activities can help you to support individuals to participate as fully as possible in everyday activities that they want and need to do, helping them increase independence with playing and learning.
Training is aimed at anyone who has contact with individuals experiencing sensory difficulties or anyone who wants to learn more about the disorder.
- The senses – what happens when they don’t work properly
- The differences between hyper and hypo sensitivity
- How to recognise children who are struggling with sensory processing
- Links between sensory processing and anxiety
- Teaching self-regulation and how to cope with disappointment
- Building skills for sharing, turn taking and playing with others
Delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
|“Sensory Training” Half Day||£300|
Price exclusive of travel and accommodation costs if applicable.
Evening and Weekend sessions also available alongside bespoke sessions
Minimum 5 delegates per session, maximum 20 delegates per session