WHAT IS SENSORY INTEGRATION?
Children who have learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, as well as visual and hearing impairments often have problems with sensory integration.
Sensory integration is the ability of the brain to naturally process sensory information from our environment. Sensory information includes sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, movement, body awareness, and the pull of gravity. For most children, effective sensory integration occurs naturally, automatically, unconsciously, and without effort. However, some children cannot do this naturally. They can be smart and healthy, yet they respond in unusual ways to classmates, teachers, and ordinary school activities.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIGNS OF SENSORY INTEGRATION DYSFUNCTION:
- Overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights, and smells
- Very picky eaters
- Very fearful of movements and heights (such as swinging, or climbing on jungle gym sets)
- Overly active and uninhibited, often falling and unaware of dangerous situations
- Difficulty with a pencil, playing with toys, or dressing themselves
- Very poor fine motor skills, such as handwriting
- Physical clumsiness, or apparent carelessness
- Very poor gross motor skills, such as kicking, catching, or throwing a ball
- Difficulty imitating movements, like when playing “Simon Says”
- Easily distracted, inattentive, and impulsive
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Have your child be evaluated by a qualified Occupational Therapist at maXum Therapy so we can help you “maxumize” your child’s potential.