What Is Sensory Technique Integration Therapy?

Sensory Processing Disorder isn’t a recognized medical diagnosis yet.

Without the diagnostic criteria many kids have been helped by occupational therapists and programs that use Sensory Integration Techniques.

What Is Sensory Technique Integration Therapy?Although it is associated with Autism spectrum disorder some studies have shown as many an 1 in 6 kids struggle with some level of sensory problem during their school life.

Treatment is focused on the child and the main goal is to help children fulfill their potential and normalize their response to stimuli. The treatment looks at helping the child do better at the things they are having trouble with and helping them develop coping strategies with the things they cannot tolerate.

An example of Sensory Integration Techniques Therapy

With young children Sensory Integration Therapy is play based, age appropriate and often uses short play sessions between parent and child.

In these sessions the parent may be asked to let their child lead the play even it the play isn’t typical. The purpose of this is to allow the parent to enter the child’s world.

Once the parent has entered their child’s world play sessions are changed. They are designed to create challenges for the child in order to create shared world. Play is designed to improve important skills of relating, communicating, thinking.

Every session is designed with the child’s needs in mind. If the child under reacts to touch the parent will exaggerate the play in the following sessions. If the child is hyper to touch and sound the parent will slow down and be soothing.

The goal of Sensory Integration Therapy is to have the child to behave in a normal way. This starts with therapeutic play and moves into the home and school. This way the child with SPD can enjoy the normal activities of being a child, playing with friends, enjoying school, dressing eating and sleeping.

Other Sensory Integration Therapy Goals

  • Broaden the child’s range of skills and interests they are well rounded and try new things instead of avoiding them
  • An at home sensory diet. To provide feedback to the child’s body and responses can get back in balance
  • Working to manage the child’s behaviour self-regulating strategies
  • Identifying triggers that cause inappropriate behaviour so the home and school environment can be managed better
  • Work on improving physical skills, less clumsy can join in spots
  • Providing support for the child so they can do better in school
  • Behaviour management for home and school

Coordikids is a fun and effective way to manage and improve your child’s sensory integration problems. Designed by occupational therapists with fun, simple exercises you can do at home.

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