Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sensory Patterns in Review

I hope your enjoyed this series on matching apps to sensory preferences.  In review, here are the patterns of relating to our sensory world around us:

Sensory Processing Patterns

Registration -
high thresholds, passive self regulation
may not notice sensations ("let the world go by")

Seeking -
high thresholds, active self regulation
pleasure with sensations ("wants and gets it all")

Sensitivity -
low thresholds, passive self regulation
notices more than most ("no filters, gets everything")

Avoiding - 
low thresholds, active self regulation
minimizes sensory experiences ("covers up, gets away")

Keep these patterns in mind when choosing apps for your students.   It might help you understand why a seemingly good educational app doesn't work for a particular student.  Have fun exploring and discovering.

I want to thank Winnie Dunn (a self proclaimed Seeker) for her thoughtful work on Sensory Patterns and relating them to everyday life.  I have learned so much from her over the years.  If you are interested in reading more, please check out her book, Living Sensationally - Understanding your Senses.

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