How do you know when a child has difficulty processing sensory information? No two children respond in exactly the same way. There are seven different sensory systems that provide information to the nervous system about one's own body and the surrounding environment. Difficulties with sensory integration can affect a child's development of skills, their behavior, and their interactions with others. Occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach can help.
Bobby did not like the way a lot of things felt. He did not like having his hair brushed or combed. He did not like the textures and feelings of clothing, shoes, or socks. He did not like walking barefoot either. Bobby did not like particular smells and was often called a picky eater.
We helped Bobby and his family. As pediatric occupational therapists with specialization in sensory integration, we can help your family too.
Marie did not like playgrounds. She was not able to make the swings go, and she was scared to be up high. She liked having her feet on the ground. Escalators, elevators, and amusement park rides were scary too.
Using a sensory integration approach, occupational therapy helped Marie and her family. Irvine Therapy Services' team of pediatric occupational therapists can help your family.
Irvine Therapy Services' team of occupational therapists can help kids and their families with difficulties in many areas, including:
- sensory processing
- gross, fine, and visual motor skills
- feeding and related issues
- self-care skills (ex. dressing, grooming, hygiene, etc.)
- social participation
- managing arousal and regulation, including attention, emotions, and biological rhythms