Kid-Eze Therapy Services

Sensory Integration

Tyre SwingAt every moment our brains are offered lots of different types of information about our body and the environment surrounding us.  This information comes to us from our many body ‘senses’ including: sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell & movement.

To make sense of our world and perform at our best, we need to be able to pay attention to the important sensory information, whilst blocking out the irrelevant sensory information.  We also need to interpret & use the information to respond appropriately to our environment.

As adults, we often talk about being a ‘visual person’ or an ‘auditory person’ to explain how we help ourselves learn & remember things.  This too is true for our children.

Different people find different types of sensory information easier to register & understand than others.

As occupational therapists, we are trained and experienced in exploring children’s abilities to interpret & use different types of ‘sensory inputs’.

We find that when presented with a new task, some children find it easiest to use the information they see (visual learning), or the information they hear (auditory learning) or the information they gather through feeling & moving.  We can use these observations to help children with activities both in the classroom and at home.

The therapist will use her expertise in this area to provide explanations to school personnel and to parents about what these behaviour problems mean in terms of behaviour, how changes in input to the child’s nervous system can change behaviour, and how working together can help the child to succeed. Modifications to the environment may be necessary to address some of the child’s difficulties in responding appropriately to sensory changes.