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Sensory Processing

senses2Making distinctions through your 5 SENSES – what you see, hear, touch, smell, taste.

The quality of what we call ‘sensory processing’ is really important to how you think, feel and behave because throughout our lives, we build and modify sensory codes inside our minds that help us to navigate the world. It’s how we build our map of the world – things to avoid and things to move towards. Some people’s mental maps enable them to be courageous and bold (e.g. explorers) while other people’s mental maps leave them scared and afraid (e.g. sleeping all day).

My job is to help people build strong robust mental mapswith codes that bring success, happiness and fulfillment. Does that make sense to you?

Sometimes, sensory codes get damaged, narrowed or remain un-challenged, and when that happens, people often limit their choices. For example someone who cannot bear the sight of a spider will avoid any situation where they ‘imagine’ a spider might be. So eventually they stop going on holiday or visiting friends, just because their imagination is scaring them. My job is to help them ‘clean’ the code (in this case the imagination code) so that they can keep a healthy respect for spiders but feel free and happy to go on holiday or visit friends.

 

Happy Brain training uses fun games to help children and young people to explore and clean their own sensory channels.

 

By keeping all sensory channels working well, our kids get to build a more powerful thinking machine inside their heads.

 

We explore senses that are:

  • Real(externally verified by someone else e.g. the colour of your front door)
  • Imaginary(inside your mind e.g. a blue elephant eating an green banana)
  • Memories(from past e.g. a holiday experience of eating an ice cream)
  • Present(in the moment e.g. feeling the room temperature)
  • Future(possible outcomes e.g. what you might wear next Sunday)
  • Associated (a sense triggers an emotional (positive or negative) response e.g. touching grass feels nice whereas touching fingers feels unpleasant).

 

It’s fun to identify which ones need a little more help in processing, to bring you happier thinking, feeling and behaviour. It’s easy to learn how to super-clean this control panel inside your mind.

 

The best homeplay you can do to keep exploring your sensory channels, is to notice whether your thoughtsare real, imagines, past, present, future. And – if the thoughts limit or enhance your choices.

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