How to manage sensory integration problems
It is important to have an assessment from a therapist that is qualified to an advanced level in sensory integration therapy. The training involves developing a detailed understanding of the neuroscience and evidence base underpinning sensory integration as well as developing expertise in assessing and providing intervention for people with sensory integration problems.
The assessment involves use of standardised tests, (both motor and sensory), observations, questionnaires and feedback from the child/adult and carers/services. This information helps to assess the child or adult’s sensory processing, motor planning and sequencing, and how they affect gross and fine motor skills, self care, play skills and learning.
For many people small adjustments to their environment or to the way they are allowed to move at school or at work can make a huge difference to how they manage their day to day life. Recommendations will be discussed with you after the assessment.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory integration therapy aims to improve a person's response to sensory input through activities that provide tactile [touch], proprioceptive [body position and sense] and vestibular [body movement sense] input.
Sensory integration therapy is person centred. The person is encouraged to seek out the sensory input he/she needs from a range of equipment and activities provided, that provides the 'just right challenge'. The therapist introduces new skills and approaches to activities to improve skills or their ability cope.
Therapy sessions are delivered individually and last approximately 45 minutes. Goals, which are negotiated with the child, family and school/day setting, are set before therapy starts so that the outcome can be measured.
Alongside 1:1 therapy, a sensory diet will be discussed. A sensory diet provides a range of activities or inputs that alert, calm or organise the child/young adult at different times of the day.
This child centred therapy employs the child’s inner drive and motivation at just the right level to develop appropriate adaptive responses in order to improve his skills in every aspect of his functioning, from school to home life.