An Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorders and Sensory Integration.

How We Can Help Sensory-Challenged Children


Aim of the Training:

To provide an introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and the challenges and significant impact it can have on children and their ability to function and cope at school, home and in their everyday lives.


Workshop Content:

Do you work with children that exhibit:-

Oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to touch, taste, smell, sound or sight?

Oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to movement sensations?

Unusually high or low activity levels?

Problems with motor coordination?


Do they, for example:

Appear frustrated, anxious or just out of sorts?

Struggle to cooperate with the simplest requests?

Come across as different, awkward, pre-occupied or disengaged?

Get into trouble despite their best intentions?

Startle at loud, sudden or piercing sounds?

Get panicky when going up or down stairs?

Find clothing bothersome?

Have poor concentration?

Fidget excessively?


These are just some of the telltale symptoms of sensory processing dysfunction or SPD. These children’s behaviour can baffle their teachers, try the patience of their parents and disappoint themselves.  But these are children whose central nervous systems misinterpret everyday sensory information causing them to adversely react to what most people would consider harmless sensations. 


Once thought to affect only children with an Autism Spectrum Condition, or mistaken for ADHD, sensory processing difficulties are now being recognised as a separate condition that can affect many different children (and adults). These children are often labelled with words like difficult, picky, oversensitive, clumsy, inattentive.


This one day’s training will include both theory and practical sessions, with opportunities to experience what it can be like to have SPD. The day will introduce you to:-


• What we mean by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Sensory Integration

• The central role of our senses  and how they integrate with each other

• How differently children with SPD experience the world

• How SPD can be identified

• The use of ‘Sensory Circuits’ and ‘Sensory Diets’ as sensory and sensorimotor-based strategies

• Other ”Sense-able” solutions and resources to help children make sense of, and connect with their world in order for them to cope and succeed at school, home and with friends


Target Audience:

The training is suitable for SENCos, teachers, TAs, support/advisory services and parents


Please Note:  Please wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes to the training


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