Sensory Processing and Regulation
At Chellow Heights Sensory integration is very important to us.
Sensory integration is the neurological process of organising the information we get from our bodies and the world around us for use in everyday life. This occurs in all of us, all day long without us being aware of it.
Sensory integration is important in all the things that we need to do on a daily basis, such as getting dressed, eating, moving, socialising, learning and working.
Our senses give us the information we need to function in the world. We are familiar with the five senses of touch, sight, taste, hearing, and smell which respond to information from outside our bodies. We also sense information that we are less familiar with from within our bodies about movement, body position, and from our internal organs.
Sensory processing disorder can look very different in different people. One person may be more sensitive to some sensations, another person may be less sensitive, others may seek out or crave lots of sensory input. For others, sensory processing disorder may be affecting their motor skills and coordination.
At Chellow Heights we are passionate about providing appropriate sensory strategies to ensure children are regulated and in a calm alert state ready to learn. Having a consistent daily routine with movement breaks supports children’s sensory processing needs. We also have a sensory room on both sites which promotes a calm and safe space to support children to learn to self-regulate their behaviours. The benefits of these rooms are to increase children’s confidence, bring mental and physical calmness, develop fine and gross motor skills and improve social exchanges.
More information about sensory processing can be found on the link below: