Sensory integration involves the brain’s processing of information from the five main senses (sound, sight, touch, taste, and smell), as well as the lesser-known senses of vestibular (balance and movement) and proprioception (body awareness, posture, and position). These senses work together to coordinate body movements and maintain balance. The vestibular sense helps with balance during body position changes, while the proprioceptive sense provides awareness of the body and its surroundings. Delays in relaying messages to these senses can result in difficulties with balance, coordination, body awareness, and spatial orientation.
Sensory integration plays a critical role in early childhood development. While most children follow expected developmental milestones, some may struggle with processing sensory information, leading to a condition known as Sensory Processing Deficiencies.
Difficulties related to sensory integration can become apparent as a child grows. Some children may have slower sensory responses and require extra time to coordinate their senses, while others may need assistance to cope with everyday tasks. These challenges can affect their attention, learning, and behaviour.
Signs of Sensory Processing Deficiencies:
At SBDC, we work on sensory integration from a developmental pathway. We investigate and understand the child’s developmental milestones and find gaps in the milestones. We will support and facilitate closing the gaps and integrating the various systems to work simultaneously.
Sensory Integration focuses on a holistic approach that emphasises the integration of various developmental areas, including social, emotional, motor, sensory, language, and cognitive skills. It aims to promote integrated learning by providing diverse sensory experiences to establish a strong foundation for social, emotional, and academic development.
The environment plays a crucial role in sensory stimulation. Our sensory-rich gyms are equipped with various equipments such as trampolines, ladders, swings, balance beams, and exercise balls to provide a unique sensory experience for your child. These activities are carefully designed to challenge and stimulate your child’s senses, creating a supportive environment for their sensory development.
Despite having sensory deficiencies, it’s important to remember that your child is still a child who enjoys playing. In our therapy, we utilise activities such as climbing, spinning, swinging, rocking, and bouncing to keep the child engaged and entertained. We also incorporate a variety of games that stimulate your child’s senses, making the therapy enjoyable and stimulating for them.
In addition to Sensory Integration, our team also utilises other effective therapies that can work synergistically. These include the Listening Program, DIR Floortime, Cognitive, and Language Training. These complementary therapies are integrated to support the holistic development of the child, addressing various aspects of their cognitive, sensory, and language skills.
“Kate was lacking in self-confidence. We observed that she had issues with her motor skills. Simple things like Physical Education, balancing and jumping to other kids are very intuitive. But for her, she needs a lot more effort. Over the years, we’ve seen improvement in Kate. The results are really beyond words. Whenever we look back, we are totally happy with what we’ve seen.”
“My son has shown great improvement after attending the program. He is able to focus more, learn effectively, and achieve better academic results. Hope that he can continue to enjoy the learning experience in SBDC and apply what he has learned throughout.”
Discover the impact of Sensory Integration on your child’s learning and cognitive development. Take the first step by contacting us to schedule an appointment, where we can get to know you and provide insights into your child’s unique needs.