Our brain is constantly taking in information through our senses. Sense-ational children experience challenges with processing that information because their brain becomes confused with the information they process through their senses — sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. In other words, the neurons in their brain are firing, but they struggle with organizing the information so that they can respond appropriately. It is similar to listening to a lecture and trying to focus but you find yourself doodling. The teacher thinks you aren’t listening but, in fact, the doodling helps you focus better. Your brain is SENSING — The doodling helps integrate the information your brain is processing . Or you may be the person who can study at Starbucks and not get distracted by the cafe noise while others may not be able to block out the noises. Their brain is also SENSING – however, their brain cannot block out the background noise, preventing them from processing the information they are studying.
Sense-ational children have similar difficulties when trying to integrate information. We need to help them learn how to integrate the information they sense so they can respond appropriately. Their brain works. It just works differently!
The sense-ational child may have difficulty focusing, may be sensitive to sounds or lights, have trouble making friends or enjoying activities most children enjoy, and have a lot of meltdowns making it hard for them to learn at school and at home. If you notice any of these red flags, you may need to seek a Doctor and/or Therapist.