We often think of the brain as our learning tool, though it is actually our senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste - that collect the information that our brain then processes. If one of the senses is not functioning appropriately, the learning process can be compromised.
Many people may also have sensory sensitivity with one or more of their senses. There is the child who covers her eyes whenever she hears a loud noise, the child who chronically complains that his clothes are too “scratchy”, and the child who squints or covers her eyes when in the sunlight. Sometimes children will respond with challenging behaviors when their environment poses sensory overstimulation. Fortunately, environments can be adapted to help manage sensory sensitivity so that children are able to learning and feel comfortable in their environment.
If you have any questions in this subject, please feel free to contact us.
Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusion Director