What is sensory integration?
Some children can struggle with the sensations around them. This, in turn, can make it hard for children to learn, play and make friends.
Children with sensory difficulties can present with a range of behaviour such as:
- Screaming, holding their hands over their ears, hiding, running away, physical aggression in response to noises, touch, light and so on.
- ‘Always on the go’! Increased need to move – running, spinning, jumping, climbing.
- Inability to sit still in school when needed.
- Selective eating of only a few foods (colours, textures, shapes – particular brands of food, packaging etc.)
- Struggle to tolerate toothbrushing, nail cutting, hair washing, certain clothes or being touched. Children can typically have a high pain threshold so may not notice when they hurt themselves.
- Easily distractable, struggling to concentrate on what is being said.
- Clumsy, disorganised, finds P.E. lessons hard, struggles to get dressed in the right order, follow multiple instructions or problem solve how to do a new task.
For further information please see our Sensory Integration Fact Sheet.
We offer sensory training for both parents and professionals – further information about this can be seen here.