Sensory Integration is the body and brain’s ability to recognise, process, and organise sensory information through touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, smell, tastes, and the pull of gravity. Sensory Integration develops through childhood experiences, however many children with and without diagnoses struggle with their ability to process the sensory environment.
Signs indicating difficulty processing sensory integration:
- Does not notice certain sensations (e.g. not noticing name being called, being touched, and high pain threshold).
- Is a picky eater and becomes distressed during self-care tasks (e.g. hair-brushing, hair-washing, nail cutting, dressing, tying shoe laces, self-feeding)
- Loves movement and seeks out intense pressure (e.g. constant spinning, running around, jumping, crashing in objects/people)
- Is easily distracted, shows poor attention and concentration
- Constantly bumping into objects, appearing clumsy and difficulty coordinating movements.
- Has difficulty regulating their own behavioural and emotional responses; increased tantrums, emotionally reactive, need for control, impulsive behaviours.
Our experienced occupational therapists can provide skilled assessment and intervention for these children within our state of the art sensorimotor gym and individual therapy rooms. Sensory intervention is great fun for children all whilst changing their neurological pathways for effective results. Our occupational therapists will also provide behavioural intervention, parent education, management strategies and sensory activities/diets to assist your child.