Does my child need Sensory Integration Therapy?

Is your child bothered by sticky or slimy textures on their hands? Do they get upset or refuse to walk on sand or grass? Does your child have a difficult time with loud noises or sounds? Does your child throw a tantrum when getting dressing because of itchy textures or tags?  If so, your son or daughter may be experiencing sensory integration deficits and sensory integration therapy can help!

What is Sensory Integration Therapy?

Sensory integration therapy is designed for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), also known as sensory integration dysfunction, developmental delays, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyspraxia. SPD is a neurological condition that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into motor and behavioral responses.

Children with sensory processing deficits struggle with organizing and appropriately responding to information coming from the senses. Sensory integration deficits may manifest as temper tantrums or meltdowns when your child is exposed to varying sensations or movements.

Some children are sensory “seekers”, that seek out sensory input. Other children can be sensory “avoiders”, that avoid sensory stimulation. While playing in the sand for some children may be fun, for children with sensory deficits, it can be miserable and very upsetting.

Benefits of Sensory Integration Therapy

Under a certified Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MRNI) Occupational Therapist, your child will be evaluated to determine if they would benefit from MNRI therapy. The goal of sensory integration (SI) therapy is to help children with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way.

As your child progresses, the activities will become more challenging. Ultimately, through repetition and progression, the goal is for your child’s nervous system to respond in a more appropriate and organized way to sensations and movement.

How do I start Sensory Integration Therapy for my child?

If you think your child may benefit from Sensory Integration Therapy, schedule an appointment Medamerica and schedule your child’s evaluation.

We are here to provide relief to both child and parent!