SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY
Sensory integration therapy is utilized by an occupational therapist with the intent to help children with sensory processing issues. Children are exposed to sensory stimulation in a controlled, repetitive way. Then, over time, the brain adapts, and kids can process and react to sensations more efficiently. The OT will gradually make activities more challenging to encourage further improvement. The idea is that, eventually, the child’s nervous system will respond in a more organized way to sensations and movement.
Common candidates for sensory integration therapy are children and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, because most, if not all, have significant sensory issues. However, other potential candidates are those who have ADHD, OCD, or other developmental and learning delays. Of course, this is not an all-encompassing list, and children and young adults with no other diagnosis may still benefit from sensory integration therapy.