Here are some of the terms used within our sensory section. This is not an exhaustive list!
Vestibular …. balance and movement
Tactile …. touch
Proprioceptive …. knowing where you are in context to your environment and own body; leads to spatial awareness
Olfactory ….. smell
Gustation …. taste
Self-regulating …. the ability to be the right amount of alertness, be that from waking up or falling asleep to being able to judge situations and act accordingly or at least appropriate for the develop of development. More information can be found here.
Sensory modulating …. this is the process of the brain receiving the huge variety of sensory input (from light intensity to movement) and sorting it out into separate information. A brilliant and more in-depth explanation can be found here.
Sensory dysregulation …. the brain is not sorting the incoming sensory messages correctly, and simply put is in a bit of a muddle meaning the baby or child (or even adult) is not able to assess a situation as rationally as it could otherwise if all the right bits of information were in order and different sensory receptors were not under- or overwhelmed.
Sensory signal …. a clue in behaviour or reaction to a certain situation or change in surrounds.
Neurobehavioral …. the relationship of the neural systems (nervous system) and the resulting behaviour of the child.
Neurological …. the nervous system, the study of and the medicine of.
Deep pressure touch ….this is referred to frequently as it is widely regarded as a highly regulating and soothing way to combat distress or the dsyregulation sensory mix-ups can give. Deep pressure touch is essentially a firm touch that can be applied by holding, cuddling, squeezing amongst other tactile activities. It is very important to follow cues so that ‘firm’ does not become ‘painful’. Deep pressure touch can release serotonin and dopamine chemicals in the brain which are “happy neurotransmitters” and calming for the nervous system. A video can be seen here. When looking for videos online, look for accreditation by a registered therapist to ensure the information given will be safe and correct!