Development of Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing

Normal development

When to seek help

  • Can pay attention to an activity and persist for 2-3 minutes
  • Eager to explore new surroundings and environments
  • No longer mouths toys
  • Participates in messy play such as finger painting, slime and mud
  • Enjoys bath time
  • Eats a wide variety of foods including different temperatures, textures and taste
  • Is usually able to calm self to fall asleep
  • Able to tolerate and wear a variety of clothing of different textures
  • Becoming aware of wet/dry sensations for underwear
  • Generally able to adapt to changes in routine
  • Is able to be calmed with sensations such as rocking, touch, calm sounds
  • Enjoys a variety of smells, touch and noise
  • Cries when hurt

  • Frequently becomes upset or withdraws from different surfaces and textures
  • Difficulties settling to sleep
  • May have difficulty tolerating self care tasks such as brushing teeth, bathing, washing hair and nappy changes
  • Startles easily at loud and unexpected noises and takes a long time to calm
  • Becomes highly upset during routine activities eg: bath/shower, brushing hair and teeth, cutting nails
  • Enjoys looking at shiny objects or things that move and spin (i.e ceiling fans, toys with wheels)
  • Resists being held or cuddled
  • Becomes upset if own clothing, hands and/or face are messy.