Sensory Integration

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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.


Who Needs Sensory Integration Training?

If a child displays symptoms of sensory integration dysfunction, he or she may benefit from sensory integration training. Common symptoms are as follows:

  1. Overly sensitive to touch, movement, vision and sound.
  2. Poor response to touch, movement, vision and sound.
  3. Cannot focus, easily distracted, can’t sit still, daydreaming or absent-minded.
  4. Have difficulties in interpersonal relationships and dealing with emotions.
  5. The amount of activity is overly high or low.
  6. Slow and awkward during daily life.
  7. Lack of self-control, hostile.
  8. Difficulties in adapting to a new environment or atmosphere.
  9. Cannot calm down by one’s self.
  10. Delayed development in language or motions.
  11. Poor in self-concept.
  12. Behind in academics.

The Key to Promoting Your Child’s Sensory Integration

The most important step in promoting your child’s sensory integration is to acknowledge the existence of sensory integration and understand the role it plays in child development. Through a deeper understanding of sensory integration, parents and teachers can provide an abundant environment to help kids grow healthily.

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