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    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 wo...
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    Movement and Body Awareness
    Movement and Body Awareness Proprioception: How the Body Senses Itself When you close your eyes, how do you know where your feet are? Your arms? Your hands? Proprioception is the internal sense that tells you where your body parts are without yo...
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    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...
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    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 sessio...
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    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 b...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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 o...
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    Sensory Responsiveness
    Sensory Responsiveness  Underreactive/Hyposensitive Modulated Overreactive/Defensive/Hypersensitive What's happening in the nervous system Nervous system inhibits sensory message, resulting in low or no arousal. Sensory input registers too littl...
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    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 informat...