Sensory regulation is our body's ability to process environmental stimuli (noises, sights, touch, etc.) into meaningful information. This is an essential function for individuals to succeed in a world that is full of stimuli. Sometimes, an individual's body has difficulty regulating the amount of information it receives. The brain receives either too much or too little sensory information, making it difficult for the information to be processed it into anything meaningful. This condition is referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
In order for children to develop appropriate sensory regulation skills, they must be exposed to a variety of sensory-rich experiences from an early age. This has become more difficult in our modern-day society as children spend an ever increasing amount of time indoors with electronics and other sensory-depriving forms of entertainment. For ideas of how to create sensory-rich experiences for children of all ages, click the link below.
For more detailed information and activities on how each of the seven senses influence us, and ideas of what to do for each of the senses for someone with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), click on the link below.