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What is Sensory Processing?

The relation between what people perceive and how they respond to that with movement is called sensory processing or sensorymotor integration. What we find at the basis of these movements are sensory stimuli. Therefore this process is often referred to as sensory integration.

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) develop when sensory information is not adequately processed. This happens especially with the sensory information generated by touch, movement and body posture. We are not sufficiently aware of our body or our movements. As a result, many activities go wrong, are carried out too slowly or illogically. We see that for instance in children who do not pay enough attention when carrying out certain activities. Sometimes these children become hyperactive, or the reverse, very quiet, anxious, withdrawn or dreamy.

Whenever sensory processing does not function right, this often causes additional problems for children who are hyperactive, anxious, clumsy or  highly sensitive. This also applies to children with DCD, an allergy, ADHD, PDD-NOS, autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, as well as children with a motor handicap, a mental or intelligent handicap. Small infants , teens and adults can also suffer from a sensory processing disorder (SPD). For example infants that cry most of the time or are easily distressed and adults with a whiplash or RSI.

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