Hello and welcome to the SNUG sensory section!
Being born either prematurely or sick and having spent time in a neonatal unit can disrupt the way a baby processes sensory input and the way the brain coordinates and organises signals. The teeny tiny baby brain as a result can over- or under-register different strands of information during daily life and certain sensations, environments or activities can be unusually distressing to him or her. Part of this could be influenced by a sensory disorder when obvious or underlying medical or neural conditions have been ruled out and addressed. Regardless of sensitivities, senses have a huge part to play in development. Even if your baby struggles with one or more of the them, the brain has huge levels of plasticity in the early years and different areas can adopt different levels of understanding and function to compensate if one or more sense or receptor is not as responsive.
In this section, we have a range of different issues that babies (and in turn, their carers) may be experiencing and possible sensory explanations as well as ways to help. This is not exhaustive, and if you have any concerns about your child you should always additionally discuss them with your paediatrician, GP, health visitor, community nursing team or a medical professional whom you trust.
The information provided in this section is a resource from Angie Voss, a paediatric Occupational Therapist. More about her work and passion regarding sensory dysregulation and ways to address it can be found online.
For anything that sounds bamboozling, we have a sensory glossary which includes some helpful links. When looking at choosing activities and reading signals, have a look at this page about how to get the best sensory environment and make decisions based on your baby or child’s reactions to a wide range of stimulus.
This section contains information regarding:
Sleep issues. For the (very) wakeful, the very sleepy and the plain baffling.
Feeding problems. Including issues surrounding breastfeeding, bottle feeding, weaning and beyond.
The senses. Sight, sound, smell, movement…..it’s a confusing world.
Outside sensory triggers. Does being out and about seem to induce unusual reactions? Read on!
Inside sensory triggers. Daily routines, the home environment and providing care.
Self and bodily activities. From teething to craving being upside down all the time.
Play activities. Tips for unusual past times or trouble joining in.
Social triggers. Whether it is eye contact or kisses, learning to be a person can be hard work.
Motor skills. Sensory issues related to fine and gross motor skills.
For our families in Devon, particularly around the Exeter area, why not consider popping along to Baby Sensory which is run by the lovely Kate Smith! These classes are a great and gentle introduction to different sensory inputs, if your baby is happy to tolerate them.
WEBSITE DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
The information within this section is provided as a resource tool for general advice and recommendations regarding sensory integration and sensory processing development. Sensory enriched activities are beneficial for all children. This website is in no way intended to replace medical intervention or individual therapy. Please consult with your child’s paediatrician therapist for a customized program. The activities suggested on this website require direct supervision. The information on this website is attributed to Angie Voss, OTR.