When we are considering sensory integration difficulties, we look at 8 sensory systems.
The first 5 (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell), we are all familiar with. The other 3 are less known and are to do with how we move and recognise the position of our bodies. These are proprioception, interoception and the vestibular system.
Our senses all work together to give us a picture of who we are, where we are and what is going on around us.
The Foundational Sensory Systems
Your foundational or proximal sensory systems give you information about your body and are some of the earliest to begin developing in the womb. They include:
The “Functional” Senses
The functional or distal sensory systems give you information about the world around you. They include: