A quick recap from our previous post about Sensory Integration:
Children who have difficulty with sensory integration may respond differently to the sensory input they receive. For example:
To quote Dr. Jean Ayres – “The brain locates, sorts, and orders sensations – somewhat as a traffic officer directs moving cars. When sensations flow in a well-organized or integrated manner, the brain can use those sensations to form perceptions, behaviors, and learning. When the flow of sensations is disorganized, life can be like a rush-hour traffic jam.” (Ayers, 2005).
Fortunately, if a child has difficulty with sensory integration, there are many ways that they can be helped and supported.
A Pediatric Occupational Therapist will look at a child and look at how they process sensory information from their environment. Specifically;
With this information, a “sensory profile” is made for the child which outlines which sensory input a child needs more of, and which sensory input may be too stimulating for a child. This sensory profile allows us to set up a child's home, school, and community environment so a child can be successful.
Sensory Integration is a very unique and personal thing for each child. We all have our own likes and dislikes for sensory input, for example:
The important thing to remember is that each child has their own unique and personal sensory profile that is unique and personal to them. As a result, there is no such thing as right or wrong sensory integration – it is all unique to the child. Our job as a parent is to find out how we can best support our child’s sensory integration and sensory needs so they can make sense of the world around them in a vibrant, and enriched way.
See you soon!
Michael Jankowski, MS, OTR/L
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