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Sensory Integration Program

Every piece of information we receive about the world comes through our senses. The term sensory integration refers to the neurological process of taking in and organizing sensations from the sensory systems. Sensory information converges in the brain and that information must be localized, sorted, ordered and organized so that it is meaningful and usable.

We receive massive amounts of sensory input from the world around us and from our bodies every day. Our survival, safety, and ability to learn are all dependent on sensory information and the integration of that information. Efficient sensory integration is critical to developing good self-regulation, to the development of social skills, to learning to move the body in a skillful manner, and to the ability to access learning.

The sensory systems include:

  • Auditory - hearing
  • Visual - sight
  • Gustatory - taste
  • Tactile - touch
  • Vestibular - balance and movement
  • Proprioception - muscle and joint sense
  • Introception - stimuli from internal organs, ect.
  • Sensory Integrative dysfunction

When the process of sensory integration is disordered or inefficient, problems in learning, motor development, coordination, socialization, or behavior, may occur. Some common warning signs for sensory integration problems include:

  • Overly sensitive to touch, movements, sights, or sounds
  • Under-reactivity to sensory input
  • Poor discrimination of input
  • Coordination problems
  • Delays in academic achievement
  • Delays in motor skill development
  • Delays in self-care and daily living skill development
  • Unusually high or low activity level
  • Poor organization of behavior
  • Poor self concept

Sensory Integrative Treatment

Therapy using a sensory integrative approach is provided by a therapist who has special training in sensory integration therapy and treatment. The child or adult is guided through activities that challenge his or her ability to integrate and respond to sensory input by making a more successful organized response.

Therapy often involves activities that especially provide vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory input and is designed to meet the individual's specific needs for development. Education and a home program are part of the treatment process.

When the underlying neurological processing dysfunction is identified and addressed, children and adults are often able to function more successfully.

Benefits of Meeting Sensory Needs for Individuals:

  • Decreased need to stimulate or injure self
  • Improved ability to pay attention, participate, and learn
  • Increased independence in functional activities
  • Spontaneous expression of new skills and abilities
  • Improved social skills
  • Decreased fear and anxiety
  • Improved communication
  • Improved ability to handle distractions and interruptions
  • Improved ability to adjust to changes
  • Improved ability to experience joy and have more fun
  • Increased positive interaction with others
  • Improved ability to influence situations and take advantage of choices and training, work and employment, and community integration opportunities

Benefits for service providers and families:

  • Able to be hopeful, see individual's strengths and potential to improve effort rewarded
  • Able to concentrate on training or education activities rather than needing to manage challenging behaviors
  • Able to use community-based, more natural learning experiences in which it is easier to develop functional skills
  • Improved survey results, time can be spent helping individuals instead of working on correction plans
  • Can make more efficient use of staff time and effort, available equipment and materials
  • Can enjoy individuals and have fun doing things together

Sensory Integration Therapy may include Therapuetic Listening Program.

Sensory Integration Therapy may include Interactive Metronome Program.

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For more information, please contact:

Rice Rehabilitation Center
311 SW 3rd St.
Willmar, MN 56201

Lynn Stier, Director

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