Sensory Integration & Occupational Therapy

There have been many studies over the years indicating that many behaviors exhibited by individuals with special needs, specifically autism, may be related to hyper or hypo-reactions to sensory input. These individuals have difficulty registering, modulating and integrating sensory stimuli and could result in self-stimulatory behaviors and irregularities in arousal levels.
Having an occupational therapist (OT) on the care team for such individuals is very common and a very good idea. An OT’s program involves promoting skill development and independence in all daily activities. For an adult, this may mean looking at the areas of self-care, home-making, leisure and work. For children, this may include playing in the park, licking a popsicle, washing hands, going to the bathroom, cutting with scissors, printing at school, running, jumping, sitting at circle time and taking swimming lessons.
OT’s are trained in “task analysis” for the teaching of new skills. This technique is very important when we teach dressing, feeding, and toileting skills. With sensory integration difficulties, OT’s teach these new skills by accommodating for sensory problems or impaired motor planning.
We’re pleased to have teamed up with Dr. Covington, OTD who will presenting some of his lectures and presentations through our Webcast series. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be posting different topics relevant to sensory therapy for self-help skills, communication and behavioral skills.

We hope you find them useful and look forward to your feedback.

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