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:
- Vestibular: a sense of balance and movement
- Proprioception: a sense of body awareness, posture, and position
These two senses make you aware of where your head and body are. When something is wrong, say you have a stiff neck, these senses help you to realize you cannot move your head as you normally would. Once your brain gets this message, you can then make informed decisions, such as seek remedy for the stiff neck or avoid driving until all your senses are in coordination.
Sensory integration is critical during early childhood. Although most children follow the expected developmental milestones for their age, some have trouble with sensory integration. Sensory Processing Deficiencies where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information are especially common in children in the autism spectrum.
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.
For example, when you encounter an obstacle while walking, your eyes will send the message to your brain, which will, in turn, warn your proprioceptive sense about the possibility of you getting hurt if you don’t stop, or change direction. The vestibular sense helps you to retain body balance as you maneuver through this space.
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!
Sensory Integration Therapy is designed to help children with sensory processing problems, including those in the Autism spectrum. Since children with sensory deficiencies have different symptoms, the therapy is customized to focus on the challenges the patient faces.
The core objective of this therapy is to identify the sensory deficiencies and find the treatment that is likely to help the child be more tolerant of a sensory-rich environment. We also work at reinforcing positive behavior during the transition phase. Our treatment options include:
One-on-One Therapy Plan
This is an individualized therapy that is customized to suit your child’s needs. We will comprehensively assess your child to identify his or her sensory strengths and weaknesses. Our therapists will then come up with a plan on how to help your child.
Fun and Play-based Activities
Even if your child has sensory deficiencies, he or she is still a child who enjoys playing. We use activities such as climbing, spinning, and bouncing to keep the child entertained and interested in the therapy. We also use varied games to stimulate your child’s senses and encourage sensory integration.
This therapy targets your child’s holistic development. Our program involves various techniques, such as Floor Time, Play Therapy, and Interactive Metronome. These techniques are designed to improve the coordination of your child’s senses and to bring positive changes to your child’s developmental challenges.
Exciting Sensory-Rich Environment
The environment is critical when it comes to sensory stimulation. This is exactly why we have sensory-rich gyms equipped with trampolines, ladders, and swings to help your child to have a unique sensory experience designed to challenge your child’s senses. These are key tools in our sensory integration program.
Active Support for Parents
We understand how overwhelming it is for parents raising a child with sensory processing deficiencies. We don’t just offer therapy to children, but their parents as well. We teach parents various techniques on how to support their children, thus facilitating development at all times. We also have a guide to sensory development to help parents assess their children as they grow and advise parents on how to identify sensory deficiencies as early as possible.
Evaluation by a Team of Experts
Besides the team of committed therapists who work with the children, our advisory board will follow your child’s progress. The board is made up of speech and occupational therapy experts who are well versed with sensory processing deficiencies.
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.