Does your child seem to react very differently to the world than maybe you do or may be how their brother and sister do? Do they have strong preferences for food textures or temperatures? Will they only wear a certain type of shirt or pants? Is it hard to keep their shoes on? Do the seams in their socks or tags in their shirt bother them? Do unexpected changes in their routines seem to mess up their whole day? Do loud noises or bright lights seem to bother them? Do they constantly seem to be moving or are they constantly lying on the floor or on the table top in school? These are just a small sample of some of the issues a child with Sensory Integration problems might be dealing with on a day to day basis.
Sensory Integration helps a child handle and integrate all of the incoming information they receive on day to day basis so that they can be more successful and productive in the daily routines. A child who has difficulties with sensory integration may have difficulty at varying levels. The child may have difficulty registering what the information is that their body is receiving. This child may feel things more intensely than others or it may be that it takes a lot more input for them to feel anything at all. The next step of integrating sensory input is to orient and interpret the information. Some times information that should be seen as typical may seem new and unfamiliar and even unsafe to the child each time they receive the input. This child may never seem comfortable on high playground equipment or eating certain foods that they have been introduced to many times. The final step is to organize and execute an appropriate response to the incoming sensory input. This child may understand what the sensation is and that it is a familiar and safe sensation but they are unable to coordinate their body in a way to appropriately respond to the situation.
We are all bombarded throughout each day with sensory input. We interpret touch, movement, sounds, sights, smells, and tastes in different ways. We also all respond to these inputs in different ways. We all have things that from a sensory viewpoint are difficult for us. For some us it may be finger nails on a chalk board, a shirt that is too tight at the neck, having to eat mushy green peas or listen to someone smack their gum that drives us crazy. For children (and even adults) with sensory integration problems it is much more than just a few things, it’s usually many different types of inputs and at many different levels of receiving and organizing those inputs that limits that child from be as successful as they can be in their every day lives.
At Helping Hand we recognize that each child’s sensory and neurological systems are very special and unique. Our goal is to develop each child’s treatment plan based on each child’s specific and even varying needs. We work closely with the parents and family members of these children to help carry out the goals and treatment methods at home.
Some of our treatment approaches include: