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What Is Sensory Integration Therapy?

What is sensory integration therapy? This form of occupational therapy helps children and adults with SPD (sensory processing disorder) use all their senses together. These are the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Sensory integration therapy is claimed to help people with SPD respond to sensory inputs such as light, sound, touch, and others; and change challenging or repetitive behaviours.

Someone in the family may have trouble receiving and responding to information through their senses. This is a condition called sensory processing disorder (SPD). These people are over-sensitive to things in their surroundings. This disorder is commonly identified in children and with conditions like autism spectrum disorder. 

The exact cause of sensory processing disorder is yet to be identified. However, previous studies have proven that over-sensitivity to light and sound has a strong genetic component. Other studies say that those with sensory processing conditions have abnormal brain activity when exposed simultaneously to light and sound.

Treatment for sensory processing disorder in children and adults is called sensory integration therapy. Therapy sessions are play-oriented for children, so they should be fun and playful. This may include the use of swings, slides, and trampolines and may be able to calm an anxious child. In addition, children can make appropriate responses. They can also perform more normally.

SPD can also affect adults  

Someone who struggles with SPD should consider receiving occupational therapy, which has an important role in identifying and treating sensory integration issues. Occupational therapists are health professionals using different therapeutic approaches so that people can do every work they need to do, inside and outside their homes. Through occupational therapy, affected individuals are helped to manage their immediate and long-term sensory symptoms.

Sensory integration therapy for adults, especially for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, may use everyday sounds, objects, foods, and other items to rouse their feelings and elicit positive responses. 

Suppose an adult is experiencing agitation or anxiety. In that case, soothing music can calm them, or smelling a scent familiar to them can help lessen their nervous excitement and encourage relaxation, as these things can stimulate their senses. Seniors with Alzheimer’s/Dementia can regain their ability to connect with the world around them. This can help improve their well-being overall and quality of life.

What Are The Benefits of Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration treatment offers several benefits to people with SPD:

  • efficient organisation of sensory information. These are the things the brain collects from one’s senses – smell, touch, sight, etc.
  • Active involvement in an exploration of the environment.
  • Maximised ability to function in recreational and other daily activities.
  • Improved independence with daily living activities.
  • Improved performance in the home, school, and community.
  • self-regulations. Affected individuals get the ability to understand and manage their behaviours and understand their feelings about things that happen around them.
  • Sensory systems modulation.

If you are searching for an occupational therapist to work with for a family with a sensory processing disorder, check out the Mission Walk Therapy & Rehabilitation Centre.

Our occupational therapists are highly trained to provide children and adults with sensory integration therapy. Those who we have helped were able to regain their ability to enjoy our customised treatment techniques and exercises.

The occupational therapy team of Mission Walk uses individualised care plans, along with the most advanced techniques, so that patients can perform games, school tasks, and other day-to-day activities with their best functional skills.

Call Mission Walk today for more information or a free consultation on sensory integration therapy. Our customer service staff will be happy to help.

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