Sensory integration (SI) is form of therapy which mainly helps children cope with processing sensory input and learn how to use all senses together. SI is a form of therapy that involves sensory activities to help the child respond. It can make huge difference by helping children to manage their sensitivities & needs. It can help in enhancing focus; become more independent, improving behavior, reducing stress & anxiety in the child. It also explains why kids dread sitting on swings, giant wheels. Why do some crave continuous spinning? It also explains why copying from the board becomes so difficult. Further, why a child finds it difficult to sit at a place.
Note – SI can be offered by only trained therapist.
With increase in awareness of autism & its sensory integration therapy approaches to help children on spectrum & their family, there is significant rise in misconceptions as well. This blog will help in debunking Myths about Autism & Sensory Integration disorder and also create better understanding of the contribution that sensory integration therapist can make to enhance child’s well-being & promote independence in daily living activities.
Sensory integration focuses primarily on three basic senses–tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive. Their interconnections start forming before birth and continue to develop as the person matures and interacts with his/her environment. The three senses are not only interconnected but are also connected with other systems in the brain. Although these three sensory systems are less familiar than vision and audition, they are critical to our basic survival. The inter-relationship among these three senses is complex. Basically, they allow us to experience, interpret, and respond to different stimuli in our environment. The three sensory systems will be discussed below.