What is proprioception, and how does it affect my child's ability to self regulate?

Mostly, when talking about the senses, the first that come to mind are sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch... but did you know there are more?

Proprioception is using input of the environment on muscles and joints to understand where you are in space. This information is processed by the nervous system, and your body then decides how to move around and interact in the space accordingly.

You can essentially think of it as the body reacting to pushing or pulling sensations.

The sense of proprioception affects children's behaviour in two ways:

1. Regular sensory input is needed in order for children's brains to support self regulation. If they aren't receiving this regular proprioceptive input naturally, they may find it more challenging to regulate their emotions and subsequently have more tricky behaviours. Have a look at the graph below which describes and example of how children's ability to regulate changes throughout the day, and how proprioceptive activities can help this: