Sensory (and people) avoidance may be an appropriate adaptive response.

It turns out that some animals have changed their habits to survive competition with humans for space and resources humans. And it’s a relatively recent phenomenon. This got me thinking about our lives and I reminded of the question I ask when lecturing. It will give my age away but it’s relevant. When you grew…

Research Update: Atypical sensory processing and social impairments and Autism.

The link between sensory integration difficulties, restrictive repetitive behaviours and Autism has been written about and been the subject of studies for a while. However, many professionals have considered the social impairments of Autism to be completely independent to sensory processing differences. This article challenges that view. Read more here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929316301736

Sensory Integration is in the spotlight in neuroscience news…

..but publications and research by OT’s are needed to show ASI is effective! What more do we need to show how mainstream sensory integration theory is becoming than this recent publication in Neuroscience News. It is just a pity it says we need new therapies when we have a good one that has gold standard randomised…

CPD on the Sofa: Research in Neuroscience in the Future.

Where is neuroscience going in the future, how will we get here? Sam Rodriques talks to us about problems with current research methods, and why outcomes for clients haven’t changed in years. He proposes what the year 2100 might look like from the weather, to vacuum cleaners and finally what we will know more about…

Occupational Therapy and Trauma 3: A Tool for considering the physical environment in children’s residential homes to address sensory processing issues in trauma-affected children

This article by Clinical Psychologists Christopher Robinson and Alicia Madeleine Brown in the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care includes a lovely environmental checklist (adapted from Simpson 2009) used in considering the physical environment in three children’s residential homes. Abstract: Sensory processing issues are generally considered to be clinically significant in children who have suffered…