Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory Integration Therapy is used to help to restructure a student’s nervous system over time so that they are better able to tolerate sensations and situations they find challenging/distracting.
Sensory Integration Therapy can assist a child to regulate their alertness and increase attention span, limit sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviours and handle transitions with less stress.
Sensory Integration Therapy allows the child to focus on the task in hand, rather than for example being distracted by stimuli such as, their shirt label rubbing on their neck or the smell of the hand cream, a noise outside and/or being bumped in the corridor.
A person with sensory processing disorder finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing everyday tasks and can result in, for example, motor co-ordination difficulties, behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, etc.
Sensory processing disorders can exist in the absence of an autism diagnosis.
What is sensory integration?
Sensory integration refers to processes in the brain that allow people to take the information we receive from our senses, organise it, and respond appropriately. Also, we have a vestibular sense (balance) which informs us how to place our body parts, and a kinaesthetic sense (awareness of the body in space) that tells us what we do with our joints, ligaments, and muscles.
How does sensory processing disorder manifest itself?
Sensory Processing Disorder can be manifested in a variety of ways. There are two groups of factors, based on a child’s behaviour, i.e. whether a behaviour is sensory avoiding or sensory seeking. These responses are often grouped like this:
Sensory seeking behaviours are:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Constantly touches things
- Seeks out movement
- Accident-prone/Takes excessive risks
- Always “on the go”
- Messy eater
Sensory avoidance behaviours are:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Overly cautious
- Covers ears in response to noise
- Avoids bright lights
- Resists movement activities
- Uncomfortable getting messy
- Picky eater
- Overly sensitive to clothing textures
What is sensory integration therapy?
Sensory integration therapy for adults and children is used to help children with sensory-processing problems (including those with autism spectrum disorder) cope with the challenges they have understanding sensory input. Therapy sessions are playful and often include using equipment such as slides, swings, and trampolines.
In sensory integration therapy for children, we also use other therapies such as brushing, deep pressure, swinging, and weighted vests. In addition, sensory integration therapy increases a child’s threshold for tolerating sensory-rich environments, reinforces positive behaviours, and makes transitions less disturbing.
We Improve Communication, Interaction and Motor Skills Of The Most Complex and Hard-To-Reach Children
Occupational therapy intervention via Sensory Integration Therapy is proven to impact sensory problems by improving the communication, interaction skills and motor skills of some of the most complex and ‘hard-to-reach’ children. Children are more regulated following intervention which reduces anxiety and increases these children’s opportunities to maximise life and achieve in the overwhelming environment in which we now live.
At Fired Up People we have a fully fitted motor gym that can target all vestibular needs!
Is your child a fussy eater? Refuses to wear clothes? Constantly bumps into things. It might be time for Occupational Therapy involvement.
Sensory Processing Made Easy, Speak To Our Therapists Today
The Occupational Therapists here at Fired Up People have worked with children with mild to extreme sensory processing needs (sensory processing disorders) and create the most functional sensory diets tailored to your child’s needs.
Come speak to our fun and friendly sensory therapists, they make understanding sensory processing easy!
We also offer a range of seminars including sensory processing, and sensory-friendly classrooms!
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