Children use their five senses of sound, sight, touch, smell, and taste to experience the world as they learn and grow. The term “sensory impairments” encompasses:

These categories are defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and in the Vermont Special Education Rules.

Sensory processing (originally called “sensory integration dysfunction” or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

Consider these options to assist your child: