Sensory processing challenges can be difficult to manage and sometimes hard to identify. With two kids diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), we’ve had to learn all about the 8 sensory systems (taste, touch, sight, smell, sound, vestibular, proprioception & interoception) to better support our kids’ needs.
I have to say, it can be tricky to balance their sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviours, especially as they can display them at the same time! But, understanding their behaviours and linking them to their sensory needs has helped us to better support them and teach them about self-regulation.
I’ve come across a lot of information over the years and I’m linking to some of the better sites below. If you are struggling with sensory challenges, it’s recommended to see an Occupational Therapist (OT) as they are best equipped to identify sensory processing issues and suggest a program of activities to address them.