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What are Sensory Stories?

May 23, 2013

Sensory problems are a major issue among many children (and adults, for that matter). Just ask any occupational therapist or teacher. Disabilities that negatively affect a child’s ability to process sensory input, such as sensory processing disorder, sensory defensiveness, autism, Tourettes, ADHD, etc., are very real and seriously impact a child’s life.


What is sensory processing disorder?

“Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.” Formerly called sensory integration dysfunction, sensory processing disorder can greatly affect a child’s ability to function. Here are a few symptoms of sensory processing disorder:
– Lack of coordination

–“Being unable to tell where limbs are in space”

–Difficulty conversing or playing with others

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Sensory stories make a difference in children’s reactions to sensory stimuli.

Children with sensory problems often see an occupational therapist (and other health care professionals) on a routine basis to help regulate their sensory systems. There are several different therapies that can be helpful to kids with these problems. Some parents have helped children improve their reactions to sensory stimuli by reading them “sensory stories”. What are sensory stories?

Sensory stories are stories that are read to children and are also accompanied by some type of sensory stimuli. Sensory stories use repetition of light, sound, and other stimuli. The point of this is to familiarize children with feelings, sights, sounds, etc. Sensory stories can be great for boosting confidence in kids with sensory problems — “sensory stories can help build a child’s confidence at encountering new stimuli.”

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Does your child have a sensory disorder?

Does your child have sensory processing disorder? Is he or she sensory defensive? If yes, we encourage you to share what works for your child on the Disability Living blog. The DL blog is the perfect place for parents of children with sensory problems to come together and help each other navigate the waters of sensory disorders. We appreciate your feedback.

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