What is sensory integration?
Sensory information is taken in from the sensory systems including the senses of:
Touch, sight, hearing, taste, smell, position, balance, gravity and movement
What is a sensory processing disorder?
The sensory systems usually work together in a co-ordinated way. However a sensory processing disorder can occur in any or several of these systems. Sensory integration disorder often occurs with other developmental disorders such as an autistic spectrum disorder, or ADHD. It may exist independently of other conditions. Sensory processing disorders can affect modulation or praxis or a combination. These terms are explained in more detail in the sensory integration section of my website.
How do I know if my child has a sensory processing disorder?
What should I do if I suspect my child has sensory integration difficulties?
- Ask for an assessment by an occupational therapist trained in sensory integration.
- Contact the Sensory Integration Network for more information.
- Discuss your concerns with your speech and language therapist or another professional.
- Learn more about sensory integration.
- Useful introductory books about sensory integration.