Making Sense Of Sensory Processing

Sensory input pervades our everyday lives. It is how we make sense of the world and interact with the world around us. It is how we learn new skills and participate in play, school, work, and self-care. We have 7 different sensory systems that our brain must integrate in order to interact appropriately with our environment. These sensory systems include: proprioception (muscle-joint awareness), vestibular (orientation in space), tactile (touch), auditory (sound), visual (sight), gustatory (taste), and olfactory (smell). Our brain works hard to integrate all of those sensations without becoming too overwhelmed, distracted, or disengaged.
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