Sensory integration is the organization of sensations (vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, body awareness, movement, and effects of gravity) from the body and environment for use. It provides a crucial foundation for later, more complex learning and behavior. When the process is disordered, a number of problems in learning, development, or behavior may become evident.
“Good sensory processing enables all the impulses to follow easily and reach their destination quickly. Sensory integrative dysfunction is sort of ‘traffic jam’ in the brain. Some bits of sensory information get ‘tied up in traffic,’ and certain parts of the brain do not get the sensory information they need to do their jobs.” Sensory Integration and the Child, A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., p.51.
Children who may benefit from Sensory Integration therapy:
INFANT'S TRAITS • Extreme irritability • Difficulty nursing • Poor sleep patterns or routines • Poor eye contact • Ignores voices/little or no babbling • Intolerance of movement or car rides • Intolerance to bathing or dressing • Resists being held or cuddled • Avoids touching feet to ground or hands to textures
CHILDREN'S TRAITS • Overly sensitive or under reactive to touch, movement, sight or sounds • Easily distracted • Social and/or emotional problems • Picky eater or difficulty with textures • Unusually high or low activity level • Physical clumsiness or carelessness • Exerts too much or too little force in activities • Impulsive, lacking in self control • Difficulty in transitional situations • Inability to unwind or calm self • Poor self esteem • Delays in speech, language, academic achievement or motor skills
"We love the staff at Therapedia. They have all had such a positive impact on both my boys' level of function. My son with autism can cope with daily living and my other son with sensory issues is improving all the time."
Our Occupational Therapists
Provide Expertise, Experience and Compassion in treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder
Our Occupational Therapists average 11 years of experience
Fun and engaging gym equipment and activities, specifically geared towards your child's needs
Provide the "just right" challenge for your child using purposeful, fun and goal-directed activities designed to create a solid foundation for improvement, future growth and independence.
Partner with you to provide individualized treatment and home programming
Provide Therapeutic Listening, as needed, during treatment and a lending library program for at home
What is Therapeutic Listening?
Therapeutic Listening is an evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication. http://www.vitallinks.net/pages/About-Therapeutic-Listening.php