Sensory processing is how the brain communicates with the rest of the body.
Sensory processing is how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. Receptors tell the brain about the sensory input received by the body and the brain then interprets this, for example how loud something is, or how hot, or how something smells.
Some people have difficulty with sensory processing, resulting in their being over or under responsive to certain senses.
DID YOU KNOW
- We actually have 8 senses?
Everybody knows about the 5 senses:
- Taste (gustatory)
- Touch (tactile)
- Sight (visual)
- Smell (olfactory)
- Hearing (auditory).
We also have 3 more senses:
- Proprioception – this is our body’s sense of position. This is the sense that tells our brain where all our parts are, and also how hard or soft to push or pull something. In general, proprioception input is calming and organising.
- Vestibular – this sense is all about movement and balance and is based in our inner ear. This is our dominant sense and underlies all our other senses.
There are two different types of vestibular:
- Linear – in one direction ie up and down, or back and forth, or side to side.
- Rotary – in circles, spinning.
- This sense is concerned with the internal state of the body. It lets us know if we are hot or cold, hungry or full, or thirsty, if we have an itch, if we are in pain, if we need the toilet – it monitors our physiological state.
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