Sensoric information processing


Sensory information processing is a mouthful, but actually means nothing more than ‘sensory’: hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling.

The senses receive information from both inside and outside our body. In activities we use various senses simultaneously. The information that enters through the senses comes together in the nervous system and this ensures that the information is processed properly. In this way we always know what is going on in our body and in the environment, and we can adequately respond to them. The senses also play an important role in regulating alertness.

In some children, the processing of information coming in from the senses is not as self-evident and smooth as it should be. They perceive information untidy, experienced stimuli stronger or less strong than their peers. Incoming information is not properly linked.

There may then be sensory information processing problems. This is particularly evident in their behavior. For example, they are very awkward, or get angry quickly. But it can also influence their behavior in very different ways. The pediatric physiotherapist uses an extensive observation and parent questionnaire to map the problems in sensory information processing.