My SPD and Me: A look at Sensory Processing Disorder

Kids playing with sensory activities

Scarlett was assessed using the Sensory Profile Dunn (1999). I myself completed the questionnaire. It's a standardised questionnaire designed to measure an individual’s sensory processing abilities. A profile is then compiled of the affect that a sensory processing disorder has on an individual's functional performance in daily life activities.

Sensory processing is the individual's ability to register, modulate (regulate) and discriminate different sensory information arising from the body such as: touch, proprioception and movement sensations and those received from the environment including vision, hearing, smell and taste. Sensory integration development is the foundation base for skills such as motor organisation, learning and the organisation of behaviour.