Sensory Integration is the “neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.” Some children experience either a more hyposensitive (decreased) or a more hypersensitive (heightened) reaction to daily sensory experiences than their peers. These children may have difficulty attending to tasks if their ability to screen out, or inhibit, nonessential sensory information, background noises, or visual information is impaired. Behavior problems can be the first indications that the child is experiencing adverse sensory triggers.
Sensory integration therapy focuses on vestibular (movement), proprioceptive (pushing, pulling, and jumping), and tactile (touch) skills. Our team integrates children’s vestibular and proprioceptive activities with their upper extremity and trunk strengthening, and coordination activities. Children engage in tactilely focused activities that can include play dough, soap foam, salt, and other substances.
Our transdisciplinary team provides ongoing support and training for all staff on the best techniques and equipment for each child. Using specialized sensory equipment in each classroom, our educational staff can better prevent behavioral outbursts. The children are offered opportunities to release their anxiety and stress through activities such as bouncing on a ball or using suspension equipment. Children are always encouraged to suggest activities that can help them; some children ride a bicycle before attending a long lesson, while others listen to classical music after taking spelling tests.
The newly equipped Sensory Room provides a fun, recreational, and multi-sensory environment for the students. The range of sensory stimuli and experiences allows students to absorb, explore, and control an accessible environment.