Part of
Sensory Processing Handbook

The eight senses - guidance for practitioners in Somerset

Somerset County Council (SCC) and its partners, including Somerset Foundation Trust, recognise the impact that sensory processing difficulties can have upon learning. Together, through multi-professional and multi-agency intervention, we are committed to supporting education settings, children, young people and their families.

Significant sensory processing difficulties must be identified by a medical professional. Whether a Paediatrician, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or Physiotherapist, these professionals have had experience and additional training in this field. The Diagnostic Statistics Manual-V (DSM-V) has not recognised ‘Sensory Processing Disorder’ as a standalone diagnosis.

This guidance document provides up-to-date information on the nature of sensory processing differences / difficulties, and the impact they can have on the lives of children and young people. It provides information on a number of safe interventions for individual children and young people, and groups. There are also recommendations regarding the creation of appropriate learning environments for those experiencing these difficulties.

This handbook, which has been written primarily for practitioners supporting school-aged children and young people, is a collaboration between the following:

After publication, the handbook will be revised a year later. There will be opportunities for people to get involved and provide feedback.

Last reviewed:January 13, 2023 byGemma

Next review due:July 13, 2023

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Part of
Sensory Processing Handbook

The eight senses - guidance for practitioners in Somerset

1

Introduction

information on the nature of sensory processing differences and the impact they can have on children and young people's lives

Somerset SEND CharterIntroduction to the guidanceWhat is sensory processing?Sensory processing differences or difficultiesInteroception – the eighth senseChecklists and assessments
2

The sensory system

safe interventions for both children and young people, and groups

TactileProprioceptiveInteroceptiveVestibularVisualAuditoryOlfactoryTaste
3

School approaches

recommendations for creating appropriate learning environments for pupils with sensory processing differences

Whole school approachClassroom strategiesWhat to do if you are concerned a pupil is experiencing sensory processing difficultiesReferring to occupational therapy