Occupational Therapy: A Sensory Processing Approach
Sensory processing is the ability to take in information through the senses, combine it with information and memories stored in the brain, and use this information to interact with the world around us.
Sensory processing disorderoccurs when the brain receives too much or too little sensory information it needs to do its job effectively.
An individual will need Occupational Therapy when his or her sensory processing creates ineffective functioning in everyday activities. Some of these activities may include eating, dressing, playing, or sleeping.
Indicators of Sensory Processing Disorder:
• Over or under sensitive to touch, sights, sounds, tastes, or movement • Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low • Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness
• Delays in speech, language, or auditory skills
• Impulsivity or lacking in self control
• Social and/or emotional problems
• Inability to unwind or calm self
• Easily distracted
Sensory Processing Intervention:
• Led by trained pediatric Occupational Therapists
• Playful activities involving vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile input to enhance sensory processing and body-brain integration
• Increases the child's ability to process complex sensory information
• Provides a "Just Right" challenge to children to enhance learning and motivation
"Sensory Processing Therapy is active and creative! It's exciting to see children challenge themselves as they gain confidence and improve skills as a result of SI intervention"
-Kristy Phelps, OTR and Clinical Director of Unique Prints Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc.
Kristy Phelps engaged in a Sensory Processing Intervention
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