The term 'Sensory Processing' refers to our ability to take in information through our senses, and to organise and interpret that information, and make a meaningful response. The seven senses are fundamental to a child’s ability to learn & function in any environment. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), there is a range of sensory sensitivities, from hyper (over responsive) to hypo (under responsive) reactions to the sensory input. These reactions can have a major impact on behaviour in response to sensory stimulation.
The Vestibular System is important for balance, coordination, eye control, attention, being secure with movement and some aspects of language development. It is composed of receptors in the inner ear, and connections between them and other areas in the central nervous system.
Proprioception is the process by which the body utilises receptors in the muscles to track the position of joints in the body (CalmWear provides sensory compression which provides proprioceptive feedback to the wearer). The proprioceptive sense is composed of information from sensory neurones located in the inner ear (motion and orientation) and the stretch receptors located in the muscles and the joint-supporting ligaments.
A neurotypical person can move a part of their body, such as a hand or foot, and without looking can know what that part is doing and where it is in space. Proprioception makes this easy to do. Without proprioception, the brain cannot feel what the body part is doing, and the process must be carried out in more conscious and calculated steps, using vision to compensate for the lost feedback. A recent example was a woman with Autism who needed to look at her feet to navigate stairs, not just to see the stairs, but because she did not have the proprioceptive feedback to know the position of her feet.
These mechanisms along with the vestibular system, a fluid filled network within the inner ear that can feel the pull of gravity and helps the body keep oriented and balanced, are used by the brain to provide a constant input of sensory information. The brain can then make unconscious adjustments to the muscles and joints to achieve movement and balance.
CalmWear provides sensory input to help calm, soothe and support self-regulation. CalmWear also provides proprioceptive input which is organising and regulating the nervous system. CalmWear also aids in filtering sensory information to improve the ability to listen and learn.
CalmWear Singlets and Shirts provide a gentle 'hug' around the chest, shoulders and torso. This has a calming effect and provides proprioceptive input which is organising and regulating the nervous system.
CalmWear Shorts provide sensory compression, so a child can sit and listen much more easily. They are especially useful for children who require proprioceptive feedback and lack body awareness.
Correct sizing is important. Please check our sizing chart. Please ensure the CalmWear logo is worn on the outside of the clothing, so the main stitching is away from the child's skin.
We have already allowed for the correct amount of gentle sensory compression, so please use the exact chest measurement when deciding on size.
If your measurement is between two sizes, you are best choosing the smaller size. CalmWear needs to provide gentle sensory compression to the muscles, to work effectively.