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Sensory Integration

Early Intervention School

What is Sensory Integration

Sensory integration therapy is a type of intervention aimed at addressing difficulties in sensory processing and regulation. It is about providing a variety of sensory experiences in a controlled and structured way so that students can process and integrate sensory input more effectively. This includes activities such as swinging, jumping, bouncing, playing with different textures, and other sensory experiences.

Overall, sensory integration plays an important role in development and functioning in everyday life, and sensory integration therapy can be an effective intervention for people with sensory processing problems.

Sensory Integration Strategies​

There are many strategies that can help deal with sensory integration problems in students. Creating a sensory environment by reducing visual clutter and providing comfortable seating, students can be calmer and more focused. Sensory aids and devices such as weighted blankets and fidget toys also help regulate sensory input. It provides opportunities for sensory exploration and play such as water play and finger painting help students develop sensory processing skills in fun and engaging ways.

Sensory Integration Activities

This section presents a variety of activities designed to help students with sensory integration difficulties. For example, an activity is a “sensor bin” filled with different textures such as rice, beans, sand, etc. to help students explore different textures and improve their tactile sensory processing. Another activity is a “sensor walk” where students walk barefoot on different surfaces such as grass, sand, and sidewalks to develop their proprioceptive and vestibular sensory systems. These activities are research-based and proven techniques to be effective in improving sensory processing skills in children with sensory integration difficulties.