Sensory Processing

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Sensory processing is an overarching term that refers to the method the nervous system uses to receive, organize and understand sensory input. It is considered an internal process of the nervous system that enables people to figure out how to respond to environmental demands based on the sensory information that was available to make the person aware of what is going on both around the person (e.g., from auditory and visual input) and from within the person’s body (e.g., from touch, joint receptors).

Miller, L. & Lane, S. (2000). Toward a Consensus in terminology in sensory integration theory and practice: part 1: taxonomy of neurophysiological processes. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly (23:2), American Occupational Therapy Association, Rockville Maryland.

Suggested Reading(s):
Dunn, W. (2001). The sensations of everyday life: theoretical, conceptual and pragmatic considerations. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 608-620.

Dunn, W. (1997). The impact of sensory processing abilities on the daily lives of young children and their families: a conceptual model. Infants and Young Children, 9(4), 23-35.

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