Ever been driving and need to turn the radio off to make sure you don’t miss your turn? How about standing still with your eyes closed, do you feel yourself swaying around, feeling your body correct itself from the direction it is going to prevent falling?
These are just a few ideas of how our bodies process various sensory input. Everyone regulates sensory differently; in children, it is more difficult. As children grow, play is their greatest learning experience, teaching them where their body is in space and what their nervous system craves. Those with extreme difficulty have what is called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a condition that involves difficulties in recognizing, regulating, and reacting to sensory input to the extent of affecting functional performance with all daily tasks.