Human beings have five main senses, sound, sight, touch, taste, and smell. Sensory integration describes the process in which the brain takes in information sent by these senses, organizes it, and sends the message on how to respond accordingly. Besides the five primary senses, the human body also has two other senses that are not discussed much but are equally important:
All the human sensory organs work together to help with the coordination of the different body parts. The vestibular sense helps to retain balance even when you change your body position. The proprioceptive sense makes you aware of the space surrounding your body. If there is any delay, such as you not seeing an obstacle in time, your brain will not relay the message to the proprioceptive and vestibular senses in time. The result will be you getting hurt or losing your balance.
Sensory integration is critical during early childhood. Although most children follow the expected developmental milestones for their age, some have trouble with processing information from the senses. This is a condition called Sensory Processing Deficiencies.
Unfortunately, human beings have different levels of sensory integration. Difficulties associated with sensory integration can be identified as a child develops. Some children are slower in response and need time to coordinate all the senses, while others need help. They may face difficulties with everyday tasks, affecting their attention, learning and behavior. If your child develops consistent signs of the following, we can help!
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 the integration of all developmental areas (i.e. social, emotional, motor, sensory, language and cognitive skills). We promote integrated learning through varied sensory experiences to ensure a solid foundation for all social, emotional and academic learning.
The environment is critical when it comes to sensory stimulation. This is exactly why we have sensory-rich gyms equipped with trampolines, ladders, swings, balance beams, exercise balls to help your child to have a unique sensory experience designed to challenge your child’s senses
Even if your child has sensory deficiencies, he or she is still a child who enjoys playing. We use activities such as climbing, spinning, swinging, rocking, and bouncing to keep the child entertained and interested in the therapy. We also use varied games to stimulate your child’s senses
Other therapies can work very effectively in conjunction with Sensory Integration and have been successfully used by our team. These include: the Listening Program, DIR Floortime, Cognitive and Language Training. They can complement each other well to help the child develop holistically.
“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.”
Find out how Sensory Integration can impact your child’s learning and cognitive development today! The first step is to get in touch with us, to schedule an appointment so that we can get to know you, and help you understand your child better. Contact us today!