Sensory Processing & Integration

  • Sensory Processing and Integration

    Sensory experiences include touch, pressure, movement, sight and sound. These basic sensory systems form the foundation for body awareness. The process of the brain organizing and interpreting multi-sensory input is called sensory integration. It is a crucial foundation for more complex learning and behavior.

    For a child who has Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), the ability to properly take in and use sensory information becomes challenging. Sensory Integration Dysfunction can appear in any combination of the following senses: hearing, taste, smell, sight, touch, pressure, or movement. Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction may have a very difficult time with certain social situations and activities. For example every day tasks can be a struggle, such as getting dressed, eating, playing, going to school, or going out with family and friends.

    Activities to address sensory processing challenges are designed and implemented by an Occupational Therapist who who will take the child through a series of sensory and motor exercises specific to his or her needs. Therapy addressing sensory processing needs can often look like “play time” with a collection of specific activities that will help children better collect, process, and respond to sensory information.

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