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Welcome to Sensory Direct
Sensory integration is the ability to receive, process and make use of information from the world around us. This allows us to make an appropriate, adaptive response to meet the demands of the environment. For most of us sensory integration is happening all the time without us having to think about it – we are not even aware that it is happening!
In addition to the five external senses of Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Touch (the Tactile sense), there are two lesser known Internal Senses;
Children actively seek out activities that provide sensory experience of movement and body position such as jumping, swinging and spinning. It is perfectly natural for children to enjoy movement and sensations that promote development and organise the brain.
For some children (and adults) the senses don’t integrate properly which can make everyday activities and tasks problematic. This is a recognised medical condition called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
SPD can display itself in many different forms and the daily issues faced by those who suffer from it differ from person to person. Sensory Direct offer a range of products and uses which may be useful as part of a Sensory Diet. Many of these solutions come from personal experience and from talking to other parents, carers and professionals over more than ten years.
We thoroughly recommend that you consult a qualified Occupational Therapist when constructing a suitable sensory diet.
Closely linked to Auditory sense and therefore maybe the reason for sensitivity to certain noises such as hand dryers and vacuum cleaners etc.
There are different types of touch pressure – LIGHT TOUCH (such as lightly stroking the skin) can be distressing from someone with SPD. DEEP PRESSURE such as a tight hug stimulates the proprioceptive system and can be comforting. VIBRATION can be comforting for some children with SPD.
The symptoms described above are not exhaustive and tend to be displayed by those that are SENSORY SEEKING. Other children maybe sensory averse and may try to avoid activities such as climbing, jumping, spinning etc. as they find such activities distressing.
You may have noticed that all these senses are closely linked and that some signs of sensory seeking children who cannot sit still, fidget excessively and like vigorous play are likely to have Proprioceptive, Vestibular and Tactile sensitivities.
For more information on SPD, Weighted Therapy and supporting products please download our FREE e-book ‘Weighted Therapy’