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Sensory Processing

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Sensory processing refers to how children receive and respond to information from the environment using their senses (i.e., taste, touch, smell, hearing, vision, vestibular, and proprioception).  Here you will find resources, such as archived webinars, articles, handouts, audio/video clips, and websites with information related to supporting healthy sensory processing in infants and toddlers.


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Archived Webinars

Talks on Tuesdays

Sensory Processing in Infants and Toddlers: Now that I know about it what do I do about it?
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Tracy Miller
This webinar provides information about sensory processing in the areas of touch, vestibular, and proprioception. Strategies for embedding intervention in everyday activities to address these areas are addressed. Click the link above to visit the 2010-2011 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.




Benson, J. D., Nicka, M. N., & Stern, P. (2006). How does a child with sensory processing problems play?

The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 4(4), 1-7. (external website | pdf)
This purpose of this paper was to understand how a child with sensory processing deficits plays in a naturalistic environment.

Dunn, W. (2007). Supporting children to participate successfully in everyday life by using sensory processing knowledge. Infants & Young Children, 20(2), 84-101. (external website | pdf)
This article discusses the application of sensory processing knowledge within natural contexts and routines. Suggestions for adapting everyday life situations to meet the needs of children with different patterns of sensory processing are included.



Handouts & Documents

Do You Know Me? (external website)
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
This handout is written from a child’s perspective to illustrate characteristics of many children with sensory processing concerns. This handout is also available in Spanish.

Sensory Processing FAQ: What It Is, How It’s Treated, and Why It’s Controversial (external website)
Child Mind Institute
This article includes answers to 12 questions about sensory processing and children, including information describing sensory processing issues, signs, and treatment.

Quick Facts on Sensory Processing (external website)
Child Mind Institute
This brief article provides an overview of sensory processing, signs and symptoms of problems, and treatment.

What is Sensory Processing? (external website)
Sensory Checklist (pdf)
Raising a Sensory Smart Child
Visit this site for information about sensory processing based on the book Raising a Sensory Smart Child. You will also find a printable sensory checklist that can be used to help understand a child’s “unique sensory portrait.” 




A Child’s View of Sensory Processing (external website)
Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain
This video provides information about sensory processing from a child’s perspective.

Seeking Help for Sensory Integration in Infants and Toddlers (external website)
Kids in the House
This short video shows an occupational therapist listing some general reasons why it may be important to seek help for infants and toddlers related to sensory processing.



Websites & Programs

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation (external website)
Visit this site for information about research, treatment, professional development, and awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder.



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