October is Sensory Awareness Month! In October 2020, the STAR Institute took on a unique project to build mainstream understanding of the importance of sensory integration and processing through the creation of sensory stories to share with you.
We partnered with artist and illustrator Jacinta Read to bring you five very special stories of sensory processing. The characters in these stories are very dear to our hearts. They are all based on real-life and all highlight the incredible importance of sensory integration and processing for health and well-being. Sharing these stories can help people better understand the impact sensory processing has on function and participation at all stages of life. These stories are now available as free resources, in six languages, all beautifully illustrated, that you can download and use to spread awareness in your local community. You can read more about Jacinta's journey of illustrating these sensory stories here.
We know everybody has to process sensation in order to make meaning of the world, function, and thrive. Our brains and bodies are processing sensory information all the time and as this sensory information moves through our nervous system it shapes how we feel and respond throughout the day. How we feel matters! It impacts our physical health, mental health, and general wellness. Sensory processing can influence every area of life including our preferences in diet, exercise, relationships, career, and hobbies.
As we continue to spread awareness, we want one thing to be clear - help is available! The field of sensory integration has existed for decades and is founded on research and best practice. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality support, resources, and treatment for sensory health.