What Is Sensory Integration?
The experience of feelings encompasses touch, kinesiology, proprioception, vision, hearing and gravitational sensory. How your brain organizes and interprets these pieces of information is sensory integration. Sensory integration is the significant foundation for future learning abilities that will be more complex. For most children, sensory integration is developed through the process of activities and games. It also depends on their movement and planning ability, which is the natural product of how an individual responds to outward stimulation.
However, for certain children, sensory integration might not develop as effectively as other children. When the development of sensory integration is delayed or blocked, it reveals problems the children suffer in learning, development and behavior. The concept of sensory integration is developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Ayres focuses on how one’s sensory journey and movement planning ability interferes with daily life and learning. This theory has been continuously researched on and developed by Dr. Ayres and many other occupational therapists and physical therapists. Additionally, literature regarding neuro-psychology, neurology, physiology, child development and psychology has made great contribution to the formation of these sensory integration and treatment strategies.