Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory Integration Therapy:  The therapeutic intervention with the goal of improving (changing) the way the brain processes and organizes sensation. This is done through sensory rich play involving the whole child (motor, social, cognitive and emotional skills), which is geared specifically to each child’s unique sensory systems and processing skills. The goal is that participation in an optimal sensory environment improves the child’s ability to utilize sensory input from their environment and body to act more successfully throughout their day.

Sensory Integration: The ability to organize sensory information for use. It refers to the process in which the brain receives a variety of sensory information (visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive), then processes, filters and analyzes that input to use this information to efficiently act on the world.  Difficulty with this process can impact social, emotional, cognitive and motor development.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Occurs when the brain inefficiently processes sensory messages coming from a person’s body and environment.  It is the inability to integrate, modulate, discriminate, coordinate or organize sensations adaptively. Poor processing impacts the ability to efficiently use that information to act within one’s environment.

In addition, we also offer:

SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test): DTC offers the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), a comprehensive assessment tool developed by A. Jean Ayres.  The SIPT measures the sensory integration processes that underlie learning, behavior, and motor performance.  The test is appropriate for children 4 years, 5 months to 8 years, 11 months.  Children who have learning and/or behavioral difficulties who are able to follow verbal directions are the most appropriate candidates for the SIPT.