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Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Children with sensory integration dysfunction cannot rely on their senses to give them an accurate picture of the world. Learn about the challenges they face and how to help.

Auditory Problems and Learning

Auditory Problems and LearningAuditory sensory problems can significantly interfere with development and learning. In school, a child with auditory issues may use lots of mental energy to block out seemingly minor distractions such as the sound of another child writing, book pages being turned, or someone walking in the hall or even another classroom. The sound of a marker squeaking on a board or a ringing school bell may be excruciating. Obviously, if a child is preoccupied by the need to protect himself from potentially noxious sounds, he will be unavailable for learning. read more

Characteristics Checklist for Asperger's Syndrome: Sensory Sensitivities

Print out and use this checklist to help in an initial diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in your child. You can find more checklists on Asperger's syndrome here. read more

Movement and Body Awareness

Movement and Body Awareness Proprioception: How the Body Senses Itself read more

Occupational Therapy and Your Child

Occupational Therapy and Your ChildWhile you may be a little bit anxious about how your child will handle therapy, rest assured: most kids adore OT. Even older kids who don't want to do anything their friends aren't doing usually enjoy the sessions and the way they make them feel. read more

Sensory Integration Issues: Getting Help

Sensory Integration Issues: Getting Help Assuming you haven't already done so, the first step is to get your child properly evaluated by professionals who can help you sort out the problems and develop a therapeutic action plan. If you've been working with an OT and perhaps other therapists on your child's sensory issues for a while, it may be helpful to quickly review this chapter before moving on to another. Evaluation and Therapy for Children Age Birth to Three read more

Sensory Responsiveness: What's Normal and What Isn't

Sensory Responsiveness: What's Normal and What Isn't We're not big believers in the term normal. All it really means is that something falls within the norm, meaning it is average statistically. Of course, as a parent, you want all the things you find delightful about your child to be better than average or even extraordinary, which, of course, would fall under the definition of abnormal. So, you might want to toss out that normal label altogether. read more

Tactile Sensitivity

Tactile Sensitivity Tactile Defensiveness and Other Problems read more

Taste and Smell Sensitivity

Taste and Smell SensitivityWorking together, taste and smell give great pleasure and satisfaction to most of us. For some children with SI dysfunction, many tastes and smells can be repulsive. For kids who are affected, life really stinks – from that minty toothpaste and your coffee in the morning to the musty school bus, detergent on other kids' clothes, wood pencils, the school bathroom, and the typical smelly lunchroom. Understanding Food Issues read more

Vision Problems

Vision ProblemsOcular-Motor and Eye-Teaming Skills Vision also depends on proper functioning of the eye muscles. Ocular muscles keep the eyes aligned and help them move smoothly and simultaneously. Visual acuity in each eye may be normal, but if the eyes don't work together as a team like a pair of binoculars, conflicting fields of visual input can result in confusing misperceptions about the world. Working in concert with vestibular and visual sensory information, the eye muscles must also be able to... read more

What Is Sensory Integration?

What Is Sensory Integration?Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. We usually think of the senses as separate channels of information, but they actually work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it. Your senses integrate to form a complete understanding of who you are, where you are, and what is happening around you. read more

Your Child's Sensory Portrait

Your Child's Sensory PortraitThe following checklist will help you to focus in on your child's unique sensory portrait. It is designed to help you deepen your understanding of his sensitivities and any triggers and patterns underlying worrisome behaviors. The checklist can be an important adjunct to a professional evaluation. It will help you, the occupational therapist, and any other professionals gain a holistic picture of your child and clarify which therapeutic approaches and practical solutions will be most helpful. read more

Your Infant's Sensory Abilities

Your Infant's Sensory Abilities Q-tip Because your baby might like pastels later, feel free to decorate her room in such colors even though she can't see them right away. But add touches that offer sharp contrasts: a black-and-white mobile hanging over the crib, a checkerboard or other black-and-white pattern on the wall next to the changing table, black-and-white toys or stuffed animals. You might also choose to wear clothes that present her with a sharply contrasting pattern to study. read more