Kid-Eze Therapy Services

Sensory Integration Assessment for Infants and Toddlers

What is Sensory Integration?

SENSORY refers to your senses (hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and awareness of motion/movement and gravity). Information from your senses tells you much about your world.

INTEGRATION is the process of allowing the brain to use and make sense of the information that the senses take in.

Occupational therapy programs are based on understanding how people deal with life’s sensations. We specifically look and test for how an individual perceives or organises sensations from life and body experiences. Essentially, the occupational therapist is trying to see if the child’s internal sensory systems are working properly together.

We use sensory integration for all activities, but occupational therapists are especially concerned about organisation of sensory information for use in the classroom, the playground, activities of daily living (home), and finally, relationships and interactions with others.

The sensory integration approach is based on the research and writings of many therapists and physicians. Dr Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist, was a leading contributor to this way of looking at how children (and adults) develop and interact with their environment. She developed one of the main theories of sensory integration, and created testing procedures and treatment techniques based upon sensory integration theory. Her methods have been widely used for over forty years.

Sensory integration is a specialised approach that requires post-graduate training and clinical experience.

Christine Siddle has gained specialist training and experience in this approach from the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. Tania Houghton is also a qualified sensory integration therapist.

About the Assessment

Information about ‘sensory integration’ is constantly evolving but for the purpose of this age group we predominantly use the Infant /Toddler Sensory Profile (a standardised questionnaire completed by parents of children from birth to 3 years). Information from the questionnaire is used in combination with ’observations’ of the infant / toddler in the clinic or relevant childcare setting.

This provides us with comprehensive information about how sensory processing difficulties may be impacting on the infant / toddler’s behavioural, social and emotional responses.