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Sensory Integration

What is Sensory Integration (SI)?

Our senses provide us with information about our body and its relationship to the environment around us. They tell us where our body is positioned in space, how our body is moving, what impact the environment is having on our body and what is happening in the environment, as well as helping us in knowing how to effectively respond to task and environmental demands.

Sensory Integration (SI) – also known as sensory processing – is the process through which sensory inputs into our sensory systems are received, organised, interpreted and turned into purposeful physical and behavioural responses by our central nervous system.

Sometimes sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. We can all show signs of sensory integration difficulties, but for those individuals where it has a clear impact on daily life it is recognised as a clinical disorder - Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

It is difficult to provide a definitive list of symptoms as each individual can be affected in different ways and to varying degrees. Symptoms can include:

  • Over sensitivity to, or avoidance of, sensory stimulation from touch, noise, etc.
  • Actively seeking out sensory stimulation, such as through rough play or big hugs
  • Difficulty performing fine motor tasks such as handwriting or fastening buttons
  • Easily distracted in the classroom, often in and out of chair and fidgety
  • Movement appears clumsy or awkward
  • Appears lethargic and slow to perform tasks
  • Intense and demanding behaviour with difficulty transitioning between activities

How can we help?

At Shine Therapy Services we can assess for, and diagnose SPD. Further to this we can provide an intervention strategy known as a ‘sensory diet’ and / or deliver therapy sessions.

Further information on sensory integration can be found here.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.