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Sensory Development

Our body’s sensory system starts to develop even before we are born, and it helps us to understand our world. It takes in information through many different paths, including our eyes, ears, mouth, skin, and our muscles and joints.

Children use their sensory system to learn about their own bodies, and also about the world around them. When the sensory system is developing normally, a child is able to “make sense” of all the information coming in through the senses. He is then able to behave in a way that is appropriate to the situation. If a child does not “make sense” of all the information coming in, she may behave in ways that are inappropriate and that keep her from learning.

Here are some signs that a child may be having difficulty with sensory processing:

If you have concerns or questions about your child’s sensory skills, you may want to talk to an occupational therapist. You can contact our centre, or make a referral at anytime.