Our Approach: Sensory Integration
Therapists at Kinder Clinic, Inc. use a Sensory Integrative Approach to all of our treatments. Sensory Integration refers to how children process the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. Information from the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, movement, and texture are organized in your brain to assign meaning to your sensory experiences, and enables the child to behave and react accordingly.
For most of us, sensory integration occurs without conscious thought or effort. For others, sensory integration happens inefficiently. Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction experience difficulty figuring out what is happening inside and outside of their bodies, and their responses to sensations may be inappropriate.
For example, a child may demonstrate an avoidant behavior towards certain sounds, tastes, or touch; another child may be focused on actively seeking out more of the sensation. A child who has difficulty integrating tactile (touch) input may avoid unpleasant touch experiences (such as a child who refuses to stand in close proximity to others, or avoids “messy” play with glue, paint, sand, etc.). On the other hand, another child may crave such touch experiences and have poor awareness of messes on their hands and face (such as a child who loves being dirty, or who frequently bangs his/her own head).
If your child experiences Sensory Integration Dysfunction, even simple or commonplace activities may promote extreme anxiety or agitation. A child with Sensory Integration Dysfunction may be fearful of sliding down a playground slide, may refuse to use an automatic toilet, may be distracted by background noises that others don’t seem to bother others, and may avoid hugs and cuddling even with familiar adults.
Our occupational therapists provide invaluable help to a child who have sensory issues that inhibit his or her daily functioning. After completing a comprehensive assessment of your child’s brain and body function, we utilize physical, sensory-motor, and cognitive activities and exercises to optimize brain function and reduce negative behaviors and symptoms.