Occupational Therapy – Sensory Processing Disorder

Occupational Therapy – Sensory Integration

A child’s occupation is to play and learn. Play helps each child to explore the world around them, learn to interact with it and develop the motor, cognitive, social skills and behavioral control that will allow them to be successful at every age.

Some children struggle to achieve the skills that will allow them to master their environment and perform to their highest potential. Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists are licensed health care professionals that understand the art and science of how to help children develop their skills in a fun, play-based atmosphere. Some of our key educational highlights include training in motor development, neuroscience, and psychology.

Here is a list of symptoms to consider when deciding if you think your child may have a need for Pediatric Occupational Therapy services. All children are made to be different and unique. These symptoms are only a guide. If any of these difficulties make it really hard for you or your child to get through the day, then please call us. We are happy to help you talk through your concerns, and our process of initial testing.

 Sensory Symptom Checklist for Infants/Toddlers

 Sensory Symptom Checklist for School-Aged Children

Sensory Integration Therapy- Sensory Processing Therapy

Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists are highly specialized in identifying and treating Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). Sensory Integration (SI) occurs when a child is able to take in information from their senses, organize it and make sense of it quickly and efficiently, in order to have an appropriate response. This is a simple, automatic process that happens all day long when children are playing and learning. Children have problems that show up as behaviors, learning challenges, social difficulties, inattention, a lack of coordination, or delays in development when this process isn’t smooth and efficient. Children with Sensory Processing difficulties are often very intelligent and capable; they just struggle to get through the day. Sensory Integration Therapy and Sensory Processing Therapy can help mature children’s nervous systems, so they no longer have to work on over-drive to keep up or get through the day.

Our Sensory Pyramid

This is the hierarchy we use for explaining and treating sensory, motor, and behavioral symptoms. We can not expect children to pay attention, learn, and have good behaviors if they haven’t mastered and matured the skills on the lower levels of this pyramid.