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Physicians Network Breakfast | Collaboration for Early Childhood

Dominican University Priory Campus

  • Event Time 7:15 AM-9:00 AM
  • Event Date April 25, 2017
  • Event Location 7200 W. Division St.

You are invited to the

Local Physicians Network Breakfast Seminar

Sensory Processing in Early Childhood

Presented by
Kim Bryze, PhD, OTR/L
Midwestern University

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 18
708-613-6122 or emurchison@collab4kids.org

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Dominican University Priory Campus
7200 W. Division St., River Forest

Sponsored by:

Physicians Network
Collaboration for Early Childhood
Oak Park Village Hall
123 Madison St., Room 209
Oak Park, IL 60302
708-613- 6122


A PERSPECTIVE ON Sensory Processing in Early Childhood

By Shannon Ellison, M.Ed.

“Sensory processing” is one’s ability to accept and organize sensory information in the brain and send messages to the body, resulting in motor, behavior and emotional responses. There are eight, yes, count them, eight sensory systems you’ll typically hear referenced. These systems are the vestibular, proprioceptive, interoceptive, tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory systems. Children who experience difficulty regulating the sensory information introduced into the brain and body will either seek out specific types of sensory input, or they will over-respond or under-respond to the input received. Children who are unable to regulate sensory information are likely to demonstrate behavioral challenges and find it difficult to regulate their emotions and maintain attention to tasks (Gourley, Wind, Henninger & Chinitz, 2013). “Sensory integration activities are the lifeline to providing and achieving the necessary challenges for children so they maximize daily functioning, intellectual, social, and emotional development, the development of a positive self-esteem, a mind and body which is ready for learning, positive interactions in the world around them and the achievement of normal developmental milestones.” (http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/). Just as with all other developmental challenges that children may face in early childhood, the earlier we can identify them and apply intervention strategies, the more effective those strategies can be and the better the outcome for our youngest learners. We will learn more about this exciting topic at the April 25th Physicians Network Breakfast Meeting.

If you are a physician practicing in Oak Park or River Forest, please join us. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 18, 2017, by phone or email at 708-613-6122 or emurchison@collab4kids.org

Gourley L., Wind C., Henninger E. M. Chinitz S. Sensory processing difficulties, behavioral problems, and parental stress in a clinical population of young children. Journal of Child & Family Studies. 2013;22:912–921. [PMC free article] [PubMed]