What is Sensory Integration (SI) Therapy?
Sensory Integration Therapy is designed to help a child with sensory processing difficultiesbetter register, discriminate, process and integrate sensory information in order to performan adaptive response to the environment.
Who Benefits from Sensory Integration Therapy?
Children with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, poor coordination, sensorysensitivities, social difficulties, decreased emotional regulation, attachment disorder,attention difficulties, behavior concerns, to name a few....
What Does SI Therapy Look Like?
A therapist trained in sensory integration therapy is trained in neurosciences and candiagnosis how the sensory systems are working. The therapist provides the right amount andtype of sensory input especially vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile input to challengethe nervous system. Since play is the occupation of a child, SI therapy often looks likeplay. However, the therapist and child are working hard to provide the “just rightchallenge” with the right amount and type of sensory input to generate an adaptive response.
SI therapy is child directed, as the child’s body knows what type of input it needs. Atherapist trained in SI understands the signs that a child gives as to what type of input heor she needs. Therefore, SI therapy is individualized and should be performed in a one toone setting.
Can SI therapy be done in my home?
True SI therapy should be done in a clinic setting. Suspended equipment is an essential partof SI therapy and the therapist must have access to a variety of swings the move in avariety of directions. Further, as SI therapy is child centered, it is impossible for thetherapist to bring every type of equipment a child might need to the home. Therefore, clinicbased therapy is essential in order to provide the child with the proper input.
What outcomes can I expect from SI therapy?
Jean Ayres, founder of SI therapy, said it best,
“ Sensory Integration sorts, orders, and eventually puts all of the individual sensoryinputs together into a WHOLE brain function. When the functions of the brain are whole andbalanced body “movements are highly adaptive, learning is easy, and good behavior is anatural outcome.