How Children’s Sensory Systems Impact Participation in Daily Activities
Here is some information to learn how children’s sensory systems impact participation in daily activities. Pediatric Occupational Therapy professionals are trained to understand how children’s sensory systems impact their ability to participate in daily routines and activities, known as “occupations”. Some examples might include daily activities such as mealtime, hygiene, dressing, playing, socializing, learning or even sleeping.
Did you know we have more senses than the “classic five” senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching? These five senses tell us about what types of sensations are coming from outside the body. But what about sensations that come from within the body?
There are two more “hidden” senses that also contribute significantly to our ability to participate in daily life. These include our sense of balance and motion (the “vestibular” system) and our sense of body awareness (the “proprioceptive” system).