Sensory integration begins in the womb and when children do not meet developmental milestones, this can be an indicator of poor sensory integration, which can lead to slow learning, maladaptive behavior, and what are simple tasks, can actually be extremely difficult. Children who have poor sensory integration typically have a certain kind of sensory processing style or often times, a combination. A licensed occupational therapist is qualified to evaluate sensory integration in children. If you are concerned that your child is having difficulty with sensory integration, contact us for an evaluation.
For several of us, sensory integration occurs automatically; our senses give us information about our body and our surroundings. In addition to our commonly known 5 senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch), there are two more that are equally important, if not more, during development: vestibular and proprioceptive, which give us information about where our bodies are in space. We need sensory integration to flow in an organized manner for us to complete everyday activities, give meaning to experiences, and learn and behave in a productive manner.
THERAPY AND EVALUATIONS
For some individuals, this does not come so naturally. The brain may be experiencing a traffic jam; not all the signals can be detected or not all of the connections can be made; this often leads to interference with many things in life.
Sensory Integration and the Child: Understanding Hidden Sensory Challenges by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D.;
revised and updated by Pediatric Therapy Network