When we think of our senses, we typically think of five: taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell. But did you know that there are 3 additional sensory systems that make significant contributions to our ability to develop basic skills and maintain emotional stability in our everyday lives? They are our sense of movement (vestibular), our […]
What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?
Sensory integration theory and practice is based on the work of Dr. A. Jean Ayres, who spent over 30 years bringing together her knowledge of neuroscience, development, learning, and occupational therapy to pioneer and create the theory, assessments, and treatment principles of sensory integration. Sensory integration is a process in which information from the environment […]
Helping Those “Fall Through the Cracks” Kids
Mike is an intelligent student, with good ideas. However, when he tries to write, he struggles to produce even one paragraph. Homework time is difficult-the classroom teacher says homework should take 30 minutes, yet Mike struggles for 90 minutes every evening; often these sessions end with tears and yelling. In class, he always fiddles with […]
Sensory Modulation: Essential for Dealing with Life’s Challenges
Johnny is a difficult child. His parents have had to learn how to approach him so as not to “set him off.” They never do anything on the spur of the moment because Johnny just cannot cope with the unexpected. The entire family adheres to a strict routine so Johnny will be able to maintain […]