We usually think that we have 5 senses; touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.
However, we also have 2 others:
Vestibular - this is about balance
Proprioception - this is to do with body awareness, for example where we are in relation to our surroundings.
These senses give our body information that our brain processes all the time. Processing everyday sensory information can be difficult for autistic people. Any of their senses may be over (feel too much)- or under (don’t feel enough)-sensitive, or both, at different times.
These sensory differences can affect how they feel and act and can affect a person’s life.
Read about sensory differences on the National Autistic Society's website.
All our senses give information to our brain. This information helps us to understand our bodies, our feelings and the world around us.
Our brain gets lots of sensory information all the time. Our brain sorts out what we need to know and what we can ignore. This is called sensory processing.
It helps us to do everyday tasks and keep us safe. It also means that we don't get too much information at once.
The Occupational Therapy Service at Mid Yorkshire NHS have now put their sensory training, 'That Makes Sense' online. It is a series of 5 videos and is completely free.
Each pack includes a BoBo Massager, Sissle Brush, 4 Ball Massager, Weighted Cushion, Spikey Domes, Space Blanket and a Fibre Optic Lamp.