Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory Integration Therapy is a process that helps children interpret sensory input, understand its relevance, and respond — especially to external stimuli that are often beyond their control. This form of therapy aims to help children with sensory processing issues, by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. It is based on the idea that the brain will learn to adapt to incoming sensation with time, and help them process and react to these sensations more effectively.
Thus, sensory integration helps build the mental and physical framework within an individual’s nervous system, to assist with properly perceiving sensory input, regulating responses, and understanding the significance behind a particular texture, movement, or sound.
For example, a child with sensory integration disorder might see an object and understand its use, but may not be able to recognize it due to visual miscues. The child may also inaccurately perceive the weight or texture of the object due to over-sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to touch thereof. With Sensory Integration Therapy, the child may be able to overcome these problems and interact with the subject in an efficient manner.
Benefits of Sensory Integration Therapy
The benefits of Sensory Integration Therapy are numerous and far-reaching. They help individuals with:
- Modulation of sensory systems
- Improved function in school, home, and the community
- Improved independence with activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Maximized functional ability to perform daily and recreational activities
- Enhanced motor planning ability
- Active involvement and exploration of environments
- Efficient organization of sensory information
Effectiveness of Sensory Integration Therapy
Children with disorders such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy are likely to have sensory processing issues. According to studies, Sensory Integration Therapy has been able to provide coping strategies and help them overcome these issues that, at least initially, may seem insurmountable. It has also aided them, as they:
- Anticipate action and outcome
- Correctly interpret sensory input
- Create physical equilibrium and sense of space
- Develop positive behavior patterns
- Eliminate fear
- Encourage play and socialization
- Lessen sensory defensiveness
- Minimize input intolerance
- Reduce negative physical reactions
Types of Disorders treated by Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory processing disorder is a condition that affects how your brain processes sensory information (stimuli) that includes things you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. It can affect your senses, resulting in over-sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to stimuli. Sensory integration disorder treatment helps treat sensory processing disorder that may be a symptom of conditions such as Autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and others.
Why choose Plexus?
We are among one of the leading sensory processing disorder treatment centers in the country that provide the best Occupational Therapy interventions for sensory integration. Our team of highly trained Occupational Therapists provide Sensory Integration Therapy to treat conditions like Autism and Cerebral Palsy. After conducting a thorough evaluation, they determine whether and how the patient will benefit from Sensory Integration Therapy with their condition. They also plan a customized sensory diet and record improvements on a weekly basis.
We also provide the best Occupational Therapy for kids, specializing in sensory integration.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of sensory processing disorder?
People with sensory processing disorder may be under-responsive or over-sensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming to them. Even a light touch of a shirt may irritate their skin.
What are the three levels of sensory integration?
The three primary sensory systems, include:
- Tactile System: Our ability to touch something and comprehend it
- Vestibular System: Located in the inner ear and involved in eye-hand coordination and balance
- Proprioceptive System: Involved in determining the position of the body in space
What is an example of sensory integration?
Smelling your favorite food before eating, closing your ears to noise, and enjoying the texture of a crunchy snack are all examples of sensory integration.
What are examples of sensory issues?
Some examples of sensory issues include intolerance towards crude touch, excessive fear of heights, and inability to tolerate loud music.
Does Sensory Integration Therapy really work?
Yes, sensory processing disorder treatment does really work on patients suffering from sensory processing disorder, which may be a symptom of conditions such as Autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and others.
How much does Sensory Integration Therapy cost?
An average 45-minute session in a sensory integration clinic would cost somewhere between INR 1500 and INR 3000.
How do you use Sensory Integration Therapy at home?
Sensory integration interventions can be conducted at home under the guidance of trained occupational therapists.
Is Sensory Integration Therapy evidence-based?
Yes, Sensory Integration Therapy is absolutely evidence-based.
What is the difference between sensory processing and sensory integration?
Sensory processing is the process by which the brain processes sensory input from multiple sensory modalities. While sensory integration is the form of treatment to treat sensory processing disorders.
Is sensory integration disorder a disability?
No, sensory integration disorder is not a disability.
What are common sensory disorders?
Tactile defensiveness, toe-walking, gravitational insecurity, and auditory hypersensitivity are common sensory disorders.
Can a child have sensory issues and not have Autism?
Yes, a child can have sensory processing disorder and not Autism.
How do you calm a child with sensory issues?
Sensory issues in kids can be calmed by removing stressful stimuli from their surrounding environment and replacing those sensations with calming sensory stimuli.
How do I know if my child has a sensory processing disorder?
If your child reacts abnormally to a so-called normal stimulus that is non-stressful to their age mates, then they need to be taken for an Occupational Therapy sensory assessment.
Is a sensory processing disorder a learning disability?
Learning disability is different from a sensory processing disorder.