Sensory Superstars: Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Processing 

Sensory processing. It’s the amazing way our brains take the information our senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and even movement!) gather from the world around us and turn it into a meaningful experience. But sometimes, a child’s brain might process this information in a unique way. Are you wondering if your son or daughter might be a sensory superstar – a child who experiences the world at a different volume than others? 

Sensory Processing difficulties affect many children

Signs of a Sensory Superstar

  • Touch: Does bath time feel like a battle? Are certain clothes textures a big NO for your child? They might be over-sensitive to touch, making everyday experiences overwhelming. 
     
  • Movement: Is your child a whirlwind of energy, constantly on the move? They might crave movement sensations! This could show itself in activities like climbing, jumping, or rough play. 
     
  • Sounds: Maybe loud noises send your child running for cover, or background noise makes it hard to focus. This could be a sign of sound sensitivity, making things like crowded restaurants or vacuum cleaners feel overwhelming. 
     
  • Smells and Tastes: Picky eaters can sometimes resist certain tastes or textures be due to sensory sensitivities. Strong smells in food might also be overwhelming for your son or daughter. 
     
  • Sight: Bright lights or busy visuals can be too much for some children. They might prefer calmer, dimly lit spaces and so in over-stimulating settings, you might notice that they become agitated. 

More Than Just the Senses

  • Meltdown Mondays: Transitions from one activity to another can be tough for sensory superstars. Meltdowns when routines change or difficulty adapting to new situations are common. 
     
  • Focus Foes: Sensory overload can make it hard to concentrate! Your child might seem easily distracted by sights or sounds, making it tough to stay on task during playtime, meals, or even schoolwork. 
     
  • Sleepy Battles: Overstimulation can interfere with sleep. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or seeming overly tired during the day could be signs of sensory processing difficulties at play. 
     
  • Social Struggles: Sensory issues can sometimes make social interaction challenging. Your child might seem withdrawn, anxious in social settings, or have trouble understanding social cues, leading to difficulties making friends or participating in group activities. 
Sensory Processing challenges affect children in many ways

Concerned about your child’s Sensory Processing?

Sensory sensitivities can become a challenge if they start to limit your child from enjoying the things that other kids their age typically participate in easily. 

If you’re wondering if sensory processing might be causing some of the challenges that your child is experiencing, reach out to a suitably qualified paediatric occupational therapist.  

Occupational therapists who have post-graduate training in sensory processing can create a personalised plan to help your child navigate the world with confidence! 

Occupational Therapy at Kids First

Kids First’s experienced occupational therapists have a toolbox full of strategies to help children manage sensory input, improve their participation in daily activities, and reach their full potential.  

Don’t hesitate to contact us to seek help. You’re not alone, and your child’s sensory superpower could be their greatest strength! 

Learn more about occupational therapy at Kids First here

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