Is your child a daydreamer, often staring out of a window? Do they seem miles away or just off with the fairies? Do they have difficulty focusing or lack concentration and totally unaware of what they are expected to do?

Frequently these children do not know how or where to commence the task they have been asked to do. In my experience, I have found that with these children there often blocks in their Central Nervous System.  This makes organizing their body and thoughts very difficult.

Central Nervous System

The Central Nervous system consists of 5 individual systems:

  • Vestibular – balance,  the core of functioning;
  • Proprioception – the internal sense of the physical self;
  • Vision – the ability to understand what we see;
  • Auditory – the ability to listen;
  • Tactile – the sense of touch.

None of these senses develop or operate in isolation.  Each one is reinforced, modified and influenced by the other.  While sensory processing issues are not a learning disorder or official diagnosis, they can make it hard for children to succeed at school.

Sensory processing and Daydreamers

Has anyone ever told you that these systems are the basis of academic learning?  They all play a vital role in learning.  An understanding of the senses and how they complement one another is essential if we are to understand and help the child who cannot make sense of the world. They may, therefore, have difficulty learning through accepted channels of education.

Children with sensory processing problems experience difficulties with:

  • registering information;
  • filtering extraneous input;
  • remaining fully alert doing a task

More understanding of these issues can be found at

For more information please contact Helen Key:


Keyhelp is a professional service established in 1986 by Helen Key that offers parents an assessment, referral and remediation programme for children with learning, coordination and behaviour problems.
Helen’s unique Neurodevelopmental Programme empowers parents by enabling them to take positive action to help their child reach their potential.
The Keyhelp Assessment identifies any neuro-developmental delays and once this information is gained parents are then guided to the most appropriate and effective help for their child. This can include referrals to relevant specialist practitioners and an individual programme of remediation specifically designed for each child.

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