Sensory Processing and Learning

Everything we learn comes through our senses.  When the brain does not accurately process information from the senses, it cannot accurately organize that information for use later.  This “unorganized” information accumulates as a child goes through school, causing him/her to fall further behind.  At Christy Burch Occupational Therapy, sensory and motor activities are used to address underlying sensory processing difficulties that act as barriers to learning.  By building strong foundational skills, the brain is better able to process, organize, retrieve, and apply academic information.

Common effects of sensory processing issues:

  • Poor attention
  • Frequently gets up out of seat
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Trouble following directions
  • Trouble building positive peer relationships
  • Sloppy or inconsistent handwriting
  • Poor organization skills


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