What is Sensory Processing?
Sensory processing (sometimes called "sensory integration" or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.
Sensory input includes proprioception (input to the joints and muscles), vestibular input (inner ear balance system affected by movement of the head through space), auditory input, visual input, tactile (touch) input, and oral motor input.
No sensory system works in isolation from the others; there is a high degree of communication in the brain between systems and they are integrated seamlessly in good functioning. OT treatment can help a student who may be experiencing difficulty in one or more of these areas when it is impacting that child’s ability to perform within the classroom setting.