Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have problems interpreting the different sensations – sounds, smell, tastes, touch, sight – they receive.
As a result, many children with SPD have difficulty taking part in everyday tasks such as dressing, eating and school activities or in social situations. Children with over- or under-sensitivities may also have behavioural difficulties; they may become impulsive or passive, easily distracted, frustrated or inflexible.
How does sensory integration help?
Sensory integration can help a child physically through, for example:
- improved hand-eye and motor coordination
- better posture and balance
- improved sleep cycles.
It can also have psychological benefits so that the child feels:
- less moody or restless
- more comfortable being with other children and adults
- more confident.
How do we use sensory integration?
After a thorough assessment, our Occupational Therapist devises and tailors sensory integration activities to meet the individual child’s needs. She has interactive sessions each week with each child using games, toys or specialist sensory equipment to help them to learn organised responses to sensory input.