What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory Integration, also known as, sensory processing refers to our ability to take in information through our senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), organize and interpret that information, and make a meaningful response. For most people, this process is automatic. When we hear someone talking to us or a bird chirping, our brains interpret that as speech or an animal sound, and we respond to that information appropriately.
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children. Children with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. Depending on which type of SPD a child has, he may feel as if he is overwhelmed with information, he may seek out intense sensory experiences, or he might have other symptoms. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and other issues. Effective treatment is available, but far too many children with SPD are misdiagnosed and not properly treated.
Does My Child Need Sensory Integration Therapy?
Children are unique and dynamic beings and no two are alike. While it is difficult to determine if a child will benefit from a sensory approach, here are several guidelines to determine if your child may benefit from an evaluation and or treatment:
- You are feeling concerned— a Parent’s instinct is a tremendous gift – USE IT
- Sensory issues are interfering with school,
friendships, or daily living skills
- Your child’s teacher or doctor has discussed
some specific concerns with you regarding
your child’s development
Some Red Flags for Sensory Processing Dysfunction
- Difficulty tolerating touch or certain clothing
- Difficulty with eating a variety of foods
- Difficulty with interacting appropriately with peers
- Clumsy with movement
- Chews Clothing (sleeves or buttons)
- Does not want to participate in game/ parties/ or activities with peers
- Unable to adapt to change or transitions
The Sensory Processing Disorder Network (SPD Network) is a project of the KID Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Littleton, Colorado.
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