Sensory Processing

What is sensory processing?

IS your child having difficulty but you can quite put your finger on what may be going on?

Read the checklist below for “red flag” signs of sensory processing difficulties.  A “red-flag” is when the behaviour impacts on regular everyday functioning.

  • On the go/unable to sit still
  • Twirls/spins excessively
  • Over responsive to touch/sound/light/smells
  • Takes excessive risks during play
  • Doesn’t like standing near others, e.g. in a line
  • Difficulty winding down for bed
  • Picky eater: doesn’t like food textures to mix, or can only tolerate a particular type of food-crunchy or smooth.

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Sensory Processing refers to how the brain receives messages from the senses, and then provides a response appropriate to the situation.

A sensory processing difficulty occurs when the brain has difficulty receiving and responding to the input form the senses.  Resulting in a motor, behavioural, emotional and/or social response which is not appropriate to the situation.  

A Sensory processing difficulty may exist alone or with another diagnosis.  Current research reports 75-90% of children with Autism have sensory processing difficulties.


Sinead Provides:

A sensory Profile Assessment Report and Programme:

  • This is an assessment of your child’s sensory needs; to identify key sensory issues.
  • Sensory issues are then met through a specifically designed Programme for your child.
  • Report and Programme Handover: This is an essential part of the process to empower those living and working with the child. Parents and caregivers and/or teachers sit down with Sinead and the report is explained in detail. Strategies for dealing with key sensory issues are explained and demonstrated.