Sensory Processing

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Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing includes the ability to understand sensory information that arises from one's own body (such as from muscles and joints), as well as understanding sensory information that stems from other people (such as language) and objects in the environment.

Everyone experiences difficulties in pulling together this information or stimuli at one time or another, particularly during periods of growth, change, or stress. However, people who have sensory processing challenges experience these difficulties throughout most of their day. These difficulties impact their performance at home, school, in the community, and during play.

A child with sensory processing difficulties may exhibit one or more of the following signs:

  • Overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights, or sounds
  • Under reactive to touch, movement, sights, or sounds
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty regulating behavior
  • Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low
  • Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness
  • Impulsive, lacking in self-control
  • Difficulty making transitions from one situation to another
  • Inability to unwind or calm self
  • Poor self-concept
  • Delays in speech, language, or motor skills
  • Delays in academic achievement
  • Social and/or emotional challenges

The staff at My Pediatric OT Services has expertise in working with children with sensory challenges and utilizes many modalities to address this area of need while teaching caregivers and providing supports to use at home or within the community to foster engagement and participation in the child and family’s daily routine.

Some modalities include:

  • Listening Programs such as iLs or The Listening Program
  • Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
  • Visuals
  • Zones of Regulation
  • The Alert Program (The Engine Program)
  • Social Thinking Concepts

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