We all enjoy different amounts and types of sensory input - from whisper quiet treks in National Parks to the busy fun of a Festival or the joy of reading a quiet book under the cover.
Sensory input is anything we experience through the senses- sound, light, touch, smells, and tastes. We also receive constant input from our muscles and other internal systems that help us sense where our body is in space, our movement and how our body feels internally.
Some people find great pleasure from sensory experiences and seek these out. We might use the word 'sensory seeker' to describe this.
Way of the Cactus' Occupational Therapist, Jules, explains "Some children and adults are less responsive to sensory input. We call this hyposensitive. They require more sensory input to get pleasure from sensory experiences, and to regulate themselves throughout the day. They're sensory seekers. Most people in the world have a sensory profile that's quite mixed - they may be hyposensitive in some areas and hypersensitive in others."
Many autistic people and children and adults with ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder are sensory seekers.
At Way of the Cactus we love to wriggle, jump, chew, crash, feel, smell and touch our way through the day. We love people who feel the same!
Here's some of the many ways sensory seekers might get pleasure and stay calm:
At Way if the Cactus we are all about giving people we love MORE awesome sensory pleasures. We recommend everyone get to know their sensory needs and start topping up with a little sensory joy each day.
Sensory seekers can treat themselves to loads of delights at Way of the Cactus, and if you can't decide, we've bundled our favourites for you.
Check them out here: Brilliant Bundles - Way of the Cactus
Celebrate the sensory seekers in your life!