Sensory experience includes:
TOUCH SIGHT SOUND SMELL TASTE MOVEMENT BODY AWARNESS THE PULL OF GRAVITY
What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory integration is the process by which we receive information through our senses, organize this information, and use it to participate in everyday activities.
The different parts of our body that receive sensory information from our environment (such as our skin, eyes and ears) send this information up to our brain. Our brain interprets the information it receives, compares it to other information coming in as well as to information stored in our memory and then the brain uses all of this information to help us respond to our environment. Therefore, sensory integration is important in all the things that we need to do (such as getting dressed, eating, socialising, learning and working).
Our understanding of sensory integration was initially developed in the late 60s and 70s by Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and psychologist with an understanding of neuroscience, working in the United States of America. Jean Ayres was interested in explaining how difficulties with receiving and processing sensory information from one’s body and environment could relate to difficulties at school or using one’s body to engage in everyday life.
The 8 Senses
In sensory integration we are interested in all 8 senses. You can probably immediately think of 5 – seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and the sense of touch.