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Sensory Integration

Children subconsciously learn to combine their senses to make sense of their surroundings. Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are some of the contributing factors related to a child’s ability to interact with their environment and other people. Children with autism have trouble learning to do this and often require therapy designed to stimulate and challenge all of the senses. Our skilled clinicians utilize sensory integration theory to engage the child in sessions that will provoke him/her to use their senses for interaction.  Sensory integration therapy is successful when four key principles are met:

  1. The child must be able to successfully meet the challenges that are presented through playful activities
  2. The child adapts his/her behavior with new and useful strategies in response to the challenges presented
  3. The child will want to participate because the activities are fun
  4. The child’s preferences are used to initiate therapeutic experiences within the session

Sensory Integration strategies are conducted when the child with autism is either overstimulated or understimulated by the environment. The aim of sensory integration theory is to improve the brain’s ability to process sensory information so that the child will function better in his/her daily activities.