Are you parenting or caring for a child from a background of abuse, neglect or violence? Did you know that a child’s sensory and physiological development can be undermined by maltreatment, abuse and trauma?
The sensory system is the process through which the brain takes in, interprets and uses information from the body and the environment, to control and organise the body for daily activities of living and learning.
Early life trauma can disrupt the development of the sensory system showing up as, for instance, hyper-reactivity (over-responsivity) to sensory input from the environment, such as sounds and touch. It can also cause sensory motor difficulties such as poor coordination, balance and clumsiness. This will have an impact on the development of self regulation. If sensory difficulties are not resolved or understood, they can disrupt our best efforts to help the children resolve their attachment difficulties.