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All you need to know about The Gustatory/Olfactory Sense.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Here at Super Calm Sensory Products our aim is to educate parents, carers, teachers and children on neurodiversity and the impact it can have on the person caring for the child with a neurodiverse difference. We aim to increase understanding on what is happening in the body of a neurologically different person resulting in greater empathy in understanding certain behaviours. By developing sensory diets and activities aimed towards their specific sensory needs the child should reach optimum levels of arousal to allow them to be present during school and home life.

Someone who has neurologically diverse differences may react differently to others around sensory stimuli and other environmental factors. The overall goal is to promote understanding and increase empathy resulting in a more harmonious environment for all.

Understanding the eight senses and how the may present in neurologically diverse children is a key aspect in furthering your understanding of sensory processsing disorders. Children may present adverse reactions to certain stimuli and by reading our eight blogs you may be better able to identify what senses they are seeking and avoiding.

The Gustatory sense is all about taste. Taste buds and saliva are key in this sense. Highly related to olfactory (smell). The two of these senses work together to allow us to taste and enjoy food and more importantly recognize the food we don't like.

Taste can be linked with the tactile sense and some children with ASD/SPD may feel uncomfortable and become anxious when certain foods have textures they do not like.

The Olfactory sense allows us to smell. It is thought to be linked to primitive survival instincts. Smells can link you to memories or certain events. The smell travels directly to the emotional brain (limbic system), this is why it is often attached to our emotions and can trigger memory recall. It is used closely with gustatory.

Children who have difficulties with these senses may have limited food preference and talk about smells and taste more often than others.

Super Calm creates a pathway to build resilience to these stimuli for neurologically diverse children. By understanding your child's sensory needs you may enable them to reach their full potential in an educational setting, increasing emotional-regulation and self soothing.

Please follow the links below in order to see our full range of blogs explaining the senses.



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