Sensory Processing

Emotional and Mental Health | Physical Wellbeing

Sensory processing refers to how people experience, interpret and use their senses to guide their day-to-day behaviour. This guide will outline the most common sensory processing difficulties people can experience, as well as providing an overview of sensory assessments and interventions and strategies for sensory processing difficulties.

Sensory Processing - Guide for parents
First published 2020. This edition 2020. Review date 2023.

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