Sensory Integration is the ability to take in sensations from the environment and adapt to them appropriately.
This includes the common senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, and also includes the hidden senses of proprioception (where are bodies in the space), and the vestibular sense (our bodies response to movement).
When individuals show differences in how they process through these senses, they can often show behaviors that impact their daily function.
Children (typo) can show “under-responsivity” in a system, meaning their (typo) body seeks more of that sense, or “over-responsivity,” (comma should go inside of the quotation mark) meaning they (typo) are sensitive towards (need the s) stimuli. As we watch an individual and their behavior we can understand their (typo) behavior from a sensory lens (and further understand their sensory profile), whether thy may be seeking or avoiding or mixed, and thus, a therapist can help to find strategies that help the sensory systems function more appropriately.
Through sensory interation therapy the brain can change and adapt, promoting increased function and success with functional activities.
Vestibular: The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, is responsible for processing movement, including acceleration, deceleration, linear, rotatory, and up and down movement. It is related to attention and learning as it has a strong influence on muscle tone and posture, as well as influencing ocular motor movements (the small movements of the eyes).
Proprioception: The proprioceptive system is what tells us where our body is in space.
Tactile. The sense of typo. This includes the ability to register touch, pain and temperature, as the ability to discriminate objects and their properties by feeling.
Visual Spatial Processing: The ability to use our eyes effectively to see and to process our environment around us.
Auditory: The auditory system is responsible for orienting to and processing sound.