Healthy Sensory Integration/Processing allows us to act or respond to situations appropriately and is essential for brain development and maturity. Sensory integration is the process that organises information detected by the senses i.e. taste, sight, hearing, touch, smell, movement, gravity and body position. It allows us to respond purposefully to the ever-changing demands of our environment.
Sensory Integration/Processing gives meaning to what is experienced by sifting through all the information and selecting what to focus on, such as listening to a teacher or ignoring the noise of the traffic outside. This is called sensory modulation. By inhibiting or suppressing irrelevant information through prioritising, we are able to focus on relevant information.