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Sensory processing refers to how the nervous system receives and interprets messages through the various senses and turns them into motor and behavioural responses.
For those with sensory processing difficulties, sensory information is processed by the central nervous system and does not get organised into appropriate responses, instead they are interpreted differently.
When a person struggles to process and act upon information received through their senses, challenges may arise in performing everyday tasks. They may have difficulties in maintaining their attention, struggle with gross and fine motor skills, or find it difficult to manage their behaviour and anxiety.
Sensory-based behaviours can be a part of autism. At BeyondAutism we only seek to address these if it starts to interfere with daily routines, emotions and functional behaviour.