SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDER
Some people with sensory processing disorder are oversensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming. The light touch of a shirt may chafe the skin.
Others with sensory processing disorder may:
- Be uncoordinated
- Bump into things
- Be unable to tell where their limbs are in space
- Be hard to engage in conversation or play
We have heard many anecdotes exemplifying the unique struggles with a sensory processing deficit. They range from the simplest of items, to debilitating issues. Sensory processing disorder may affect one sense, like hearing, touch, or taste. Or it may affect multiple senses. And people can be over- or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with.
Like many illnesses, the symptoms of sensory processing disorder exist on a spectrum. We work with the child to overcome these sensitivities and learn ways of coping.
“Eating is awful. She won’t try anything new and will only eat certain foods.”
“Whenever his brother cries, he says that it hurts his ears.”
“Socks and clothing are really difficult for him to be comfortable in.”
“Smells and loud noises bother her.”
“She often walks on her tip-toes whenever she’s excited.”
The Zier Institute offers comprehensive treatment for sensory processing disorder (SPD). Through a combination of occupational therapy and parent education, Zier Institute works to help those with SPD manage and overcome their condition. The goal is to help children and teens create a balanced lifestyle that allows for meaningful participation in everyday activities and relationships.
At the Zier Institute, occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to help those with SPD improve their ability to process sensory input. Sensory integration therapy helps individuals learn how to respond appropriately and effectively to incoming stimuli. Sensory modulation activities strengthen the individual’s capacity for regulating responses, while motor planning activities address challenges related to initiating and completing tasks. Parents are also an important part of the process and are given guidance on how best to support their child in reaching their goals.
If you think you or your child might be struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder, the Zier Institute can provide the support and guidance needed to help them overcome their condition. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment program. We look forward to helping you on your journey towards a healthier and happier life.