Topic Champions – Sensory Processing Difficulties


We use our sensory systems to understand the world around us, we process information through senses and decide how to respond to things we are experiencing.


Sensory systems that absorb information about the world around us are:


  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Sight
  • Hear
  • Touch
  • Proprioception (using muscles to understand body space)
  • Vestibular (how the body moves against gravity)


The last 3 sensory systems – touch, proprioception and vestibular – help us to feel in tune with our world and feel grounded.


Learning how to process sensory-based information as it is received can challenge us all. We have to filter out what is important and what to ignore, e.g. when we hear our name being called, we respond to this, even though there may be other sounds in the room distracting us, but some children have difficulty with filtering this process.


At New Heights KS3, we create Sensory Circuits for our pupils to participate in which are short sensory-motor circuits which prepare children to engage effectively with their school day. Behavioural clues such as fidgeting, poor concentration, excessive physical contact or lethargy can indicate a child may be finding it difficult to connect with the learning process.


Alongside our SENDCo, I will be available to talk to students who are concerned about sensory processing difficulties.