October is Sensory Awareness Month
Most people know about the 5 senses they use to experience their environment, but did you know that there are 2 more senses that provide feedback about your own body? What if your nervous system did not adequately process the sensory information from your body and the environment? Individuals who have a sensory processing disorder and/or poor sensory integration can have difficulty with perceiving and discriminating between various sensory stimuli. This can make learning new motor skills difficult. Other individuals might have difficulty modulating the nervous system’s response to various sensations and exhibit a hypo-, hyper-, or mixed-sensitivity that impairs their ability to participate in daily self-care activities, sustain attention, or adequately regulate their emotions and cope with various scenarios. If this sounds like your child, he or she may have a sensory processing disorder.