Sensory Integration Therapy
- Sensory processing describes the way each individual interprets their environment through their senses. The sensory input that we receive by interacting with objects through taste, touch, sound, sight, and smell helps us learn more about the world around us. As we grow, our sensory preferences develop and become unique to each person.
- Signs of a sensory processing difficulty are an extreme response to or fear of noises, being distracted by background noises others don’t hear, fear of crowds poor balance or may fall often, sensitivity to clothing textures, doesn’t understand personal space, fidgety and unable to sit still or seems to be a thrill seeker are a few.
- Our sensory systems are an integral part of learning and nervous system development. In order to develop higher-level learning skills, such as gross motor coordination to walk or skip and language skills to communicate, we first need to have regulated sensory systems. If any sensory system is not regulated, then a child’s ability to learn and develop new skills can be impaired as a result. Our sensory systems are the foundation of our nervous system and if that foundation isn’t sound or strong, then learning new things, like how to put on a shirt or tie shoes, becomes extremely difficult
If you identify a Sensory Processing Difficulty with your Child:
- If your child has sensory processing difficulties, then it’s unlikely that they will “outgrow” that. If anything, a child might eventually “grow into” their sensory processing abilities, which is to say that they might eventually learn the strategies and tools that they need to best meet their own unique sensory needs. For instance, a teenager who has tactile hypersensitivity (i.e., difficulty tolerating touch or input from certain textures) might need to wear gloves when washing the dishes. Another example would be a child with vestibular hyposensitivity (i.e., needing a significant amount of movement input to focus and concentrate) who might experience improved attention given lots of movement breaks before, during, and after doing their homework.
- Our Occupational Therapists specialize in treating sensory processing difficulties and can help your family right away. Contact us now to schedule an evaluation to find out if your child could benefit from Occupational Therapy.
TEAM 4 Kids – Providing the Best Sensory Integration Therapy in the West Valley.
At TEAM 4 Kids, we aim to help children process the world around them and make everyday tasks easier. By customizing our pediatric occupational therapy to suit the particular needs of each child, we offer comprehensive solutions to a variety of skill deficits. Our team consists of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Feeding Therapists, Behavior Analysts, and Physical Therapists. We are all committed to collaborating and helping every parent improve their child’s sensory processing, fine motor, and self-help skills.
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What Is Sensory Processing Therapy?
Sensory processing is what happens when our bodies pick up on information from our senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, etc.) about the world around us, then our brains interpret and react to that information. For some individuals, their sensory processing abilities might be significantly more or less sensitive than the average person which affects how they react to sensory input. For instance, some children are very sensitive to noise. Certain sounds that most people can ignore might cause these children’s brains and bodies to feel overwhelmed and cause them to melt down. Another example would be that some children don’t process deep pressure like the average person does. They might be constantly jumping, running into objects, squeezing items too tightly, and chewing on straws/fingernails/toys because their sensory system does not pick up on deep pressure as acutely as someone without sensory processing difficulty would which results in their bodies seeking much more pressure through a variety of methods.
Sensory processing therapy occurs when an occupational therapist works with individuals and their families to assess and create a plan to help meet their needs. This could help make things like toothbrushing easier to tolerate for kids that have high oral sensitivity or could help provide sensory alternatives for kids who frequently bite and chew on toys to get that pressure seeking need met through other actions.
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How Long Does It Take For A Person’s Sensory Systems To Integrate?
Sensory “”milestones”” occur at a variety of different ages! For instance, oral seeking (i.e., “”mouthing”” objects or putting toys/items in mouth) is quite age appropriate and expected during the first year and a half to two years of a child’s life. After that point, if a child continues to want toys and objects in their mouth, then it might be that the child’s sensory processing system is having difficulty processing that input. This could potentially mean that the child is demonstrating what we call oral hyposensitivity, which means that their nervous system might need more oral input than a person with typical sensory processing abilities. Similarly, children who are unable to tolerate being messy and touching messy textures might be experiencing signs of tactile hypersensitivity. This could potentially impact their willingness to try new, messy foods or might cause them to meltdown when exposed to new textures like sand or mud because their nervous system might be processing this input at a much higher and more intense rate than for a person without sensory processing difficulties.”