Your child’s sensory world and why you must understand it

The sensory system comprises of 6 main systems namely auditory (which is hearing), tactile (which is your touch system), gustatory (taste system), olfactory (smell system), vision (enables you to see) and proprioception (the knowledge of where your body is in space). All these systems work together to give you information about the environment you find yourself in. We have 2 different types of system thresholds which determine the uninfluenced behavior. Some people have high thresholds and others have low thresholds. The behavior you exhibit divides the 2 thresholds again resulting in 4 quadrants.


Your child’s sensory world and why you must understand it (2)

This article is a continuation of the previous article. In this article I am going to try to explain what a low registration child would look like…

What is it?

Low registration children are either slow to perceive or does not perceive sensations at all. The child therefore needs much more stimulation than normal to perceive sensory stimulation. Such a child will tend to appear tired, lazy, day-dreamy and unmotivated. After much activity, children with “low registration” appear at their best.

Low registration refers to a pattern of sensory processing that is characterized by high sensory thresholds and a passive self regulation strategy (Dunn, 1997)


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