Sensory processing refers to how the nervous system receives and interprets messages through the various senses and turns them into motor and behavioural responses.
For people with sensory processing difficulties, the central nervous system does not organise sensory information into appropriate responses. Instead it interprets this information differently.
When someone struggles to process and act upon information received through their senses, challenges may arise in performing everyday tasks. For example, they may have difficulties in maintaining their attention or with gross and fine motor skills. They may also find it difficult to manage their behaviour and anxiety.
Sensory-based behaviours can be a part of autism. Here at BeyondAutism we only seek to address these if they start interfering with daily routines, emotions and functional behaviour.