Sensory integration is the neurological process that organizes sensations from one’s own body and from the environment, and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment. It’s a theory of brain – behavior relationship.
Individuals with cerebral palsy or children born prematurely can display symptoms of sensory integrative dysfunction, an abnormal degree of sensory processing, whether decreased or increased. Sensory integrative dysfunction can make a child appear clumsy when he or she walks, or create difficulty with fine motor skills such as pencil control, which, in turn, can lead to delay in writing ability.
Sensory dysfunction can also cause over-sensitivities or under-sensitivities that lead to mental and physical distraction or fatigue. Problems with sight, hearing and balance can be addressed through sensory integration therapy.
What is Sensory integration therapy?
- Sensory integration therapy is a process by which children build and strengthen the connections within the brain that most young people develop through childhood experiences.
- It was originally developed for children with learning disabilities but now it is used with many other populations including schizophrenia, chronic mental illness, autism, mental retardation and dementia.
Who can benefit from sensory integration therapy?
Children are the largest benefactors of sensory integration therapy, but parents and caregivers also benefit.
By providing coping strategies and treating the condition, our therapists help children overcome these issues and help children build the mental and physical framework within their nervous system to properly perceive sensory input, regulate his or her responses, and understand the significance behind a particular, texture, movement, or sound.
Benefits of Sensory integration approach:
- Improves balance and co-ordination
- Improves attention
- Improves motor skills (gross and fine)
- Improves social interaction and communication skills
- Development of self and facilitate organization of nervous system
- Develop positive behavior patterns
- Enables success in activities of daily living and occupations
- Improves quality of life