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Sensory Needs

Neurodivergent individuals may have non typical responses to thing that affect our senses. Things like sight, smells, sounds, tastes, touch, balance, interoception* and body space awareness. Listed below are useful links, deocuments and videos to allow you to learn more about the sensory needs of a neurodivergent individual. The video's cover the following topics.


· Understanding sensory systems and how effective these may be

· Examine how sensory information may be processed differently

· Introducing a mixture of sensory input to help a person feel “Just right”


*Interoception gives us the body sensations such as a growling stomach, dry mouth, tense muscles and racing heart. Awareness of these body sensations helps us to experience much needed emotions such as hunger, fullness, thirst, pain, body temperature, need for the bathroom, sexual arousal, relaxation, anxiety, sadness, frustration and safety. (


Sense of Movement ‘Vestibular’ Sensory Box (SCS)

Sense of Body Awareness ‘Proprioceptive’ Sensory Box (SCS)

Sense of Touch ‘Tactile’ Sensory Box (SCS)

Sense of Hearing ‘Auditory’ Sensory Box (SCS)

Making sense of sensory behaviour (NHS)


Sensory Differences (Autistica)

NHS A&A Children & Young People Occupational Therapy Service

Sensory Processing Hub Humber NHS

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