Sensory Integration

Many children may have problems interpreting sounds, signs, and the sensations of touch and movement. They may become overly agitated by loud sounds or lights, tastes or food in their mouths, or being touched or moved suddenly.

They may also have difficulties controlling, organizing and using their muscles adequately, it may be difficult for some children to coordinate their large muscle forces (gross coordination) or small muscle groups (fine coordination).

Because of this they may have difficulty running, jumping, balancing, climbing or buttoning up clothes, drawing, cutting things out or writing.

If certain areas of the central nervous system are not functioning as they should, this leads tobehaviours that often confuse or anger parents and those involved in the child’s daily life.

The child should not have to change his behaviours.

Instead, we need to understand the child’s behaviours and explain why the child exhibits this type of behaviour.

Motivation & Movement

So by the term sensory integration we mean the neurological process by which the brain organizes and coordinates the sensory input from our body and from the environment and enables us to use the body effectively in the environment. (Ayres 1988)

We have a fully equipped and protected area with three occupational therapy rooms which are certified for use in sensory integration. The sensory integration programme for children is developed and takes place here. For instance, our occupational therapy areas include climbing walls, swings, rope ladders, roller skates, climbing stairs and much more. This gives the child the chanceto work with appropriate challenges and opportunities with experienced and specialized occupational therapists as part of a specific programme.

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