Occupational Therapy

Introduction to Sensory Processing Part 2

All of us have our own unique response to sensory stimuli that can vary from time to time. This might affect our participation in daily activities. A sensory enriched and adapted environment and opportunities for engagement in a variety of sensory activities supports children and young people’s sensory regulation, self-esteem and well-being.

These video sessions are suitable for both parent/carers, school staff or other professionals with no previous knowledge or understanding of Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration issues.

The video session below is part two of a three part video series introducing sensory processing and sensory circuits in the home.

If you have jumped to part two we would really recommend going back and watching part 1 first. In this session we are going to explore more about those individual sensory systems mentioned in part 1. If you can’t quite remember them, here are the 8 senses we are going to consider in this session.

  • Sight  - Vision
  • Hearing – Auditory
  • Touch – Tactile 
  • Taste – Gustatory
  • Smell – Olfactory
  • Body position and awareness – Proprioception
  • Movement and balance – Vestibular
  • Internal sensation  - Interoception

This session will cover

  • Brief recap on part 1
  • Active and passive responses to being under or over sensitive
  • Alertness levels – recognising the signs
  • Using sensory experiences to meet needs
  • What will you do to help meet sensory needs you detect?

Lynda Niles is an Independent Occupational Therapist providing highly specialist occupational therapy services for children, young people, and some adults.

Lynda qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987 and has worked in a variety of clinical and managerial roles within health, social care and community settings, moving to Norfolk in 1999 to work in a Child and Adult Mental Health service.  From 2010 she set up an independent practice specialising in  working with children and young people who have neurodevelopmental difficulties (such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, ASD and some learning difficulties etc.) and started her formal sensory Integration training in 2011.

Helpful Books

Parents & Carers - Sensory Processing Issues


Parents & Carers - Sensory Motor Activities


Children - Understanding Sensory Processing Issues


Who Can Help?

Children's Occupational Therapists work with children from birth to 18 (or 19 if attending Complex Need schools). If your child or young person is under the Occupational Therapy teams, you can speak to them about any questions you may have.

If you think your child requires specialist support, please speak to their GP.

If you have any questions about your child or young person's general health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Part 3 will cover

  • Sensory-Motor Circuits for home
  • What is a sensory-motor circuit?
  • What do you want to achieve through using a sensory circuit?
  • Selecting the right activities
  • Finding the right space
  • Equipment and materials needed
  • An example of a sensory circuit at home.

Go to part 3

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