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Sensory Integration Disorder

Sensory Integration Disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder)

Sensory integration is the way we organize, process, and interpret information we gather from movement, touch, sound, visual input, taste, and gravity.

Sensory Integration Disorder, sometimes called Sensory Processing Disorder, affects how a child interprets information from the environment. It can impact motor skills, coordination, visual attention to task and tracking, self-care skills, feeding, and emotional tone. It is a complex disorder that can affect children with and without known medical and developmental challenges.

Different types of sensory processing challenges include:

  • Hypersensitivity-a child feels bombarded with information, unable to filter out sensations of sound, sights, and touch.
  • Hyperactivity-a child is unable to process environmental information correctly, seeking out stimulation.

Evaluations and treatment 
These children can be helped through proper evaluation and therapies. Children's Care has staff trained and certified in sensory integration-based testing and treatment. To determine if a child has a Sensory Integration Disorder, our staff administers the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), as well as utilizing sensory profiles, questionnaires, family discussion, and professional observations of the child.

Once a disorder is determined, Children's Care develops an individualized therapy program using our expansive range of therapeutic equipment, expertise, and training.

Find out more about Sensory Integration Disorder (link to Sensory Integration Disorders PDF-to come from client), including signs which may indicate a child is dealing with a Sensory Integration Disorder.

There are so many wonderful people with expertise in many different disciplines who work at Children's Care, and they come together every day to do what is in best interest of the individuals we serve. The best part of my job is seeing my students make progress, knowing that I am an important piece of their lives in teaching them skills to be successful. My students are my focus and the heart of my career.
– Erin S., Teacher/Behavior Analyst, 2010 Legend of the Year
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