Sensory Processing Disorders

Sensory Therapy

Sensory Processing Disorders would be like, imagining living your life not having a good idea of where your body is in your environment. Imagine having negative experiences with things that typically bring great pleasure such as walking in sand, riding a roller coaster, hugging, or sitting next to a friend. In the therapy realm this is call sensory integration disorder or sensory processing disorder. In a book entitled, “How Does Your Engine Run,” by Sherry Shellenberger, the author explains specific strategies of how to inhibit an “engine” than runs to fast and how to “stimulate” an engine that is running too slow. These techniques are important in a therapeutic program for children with sensory issues. The level of sensory processing impairment is variable from child to child. Most common question asked is how can therapists/families make life less overwhelming for these young people? Yes, indeed, there are specific strategies that an occupational therapist can introduce to a child and incorporate that technique into daily life. Approaches include development of a sensory diet, which involves usually inhibitive techniques including movement breaks during stressful tasks and sensory integrative activity. Heavy work activities that may help an individual stay centered includes wearing a weighed backpack or wrist weights. When seated or resting, a weighted blanket may also serve as an inhibition strategy. The goal is to organize the sensory system as much as possible so that the child can better function and focus while performing school activities and/or other functional tasks. The key is to be patient. What works well for one may not work well for someone else. A key ingredient to caring for these children is to have guidance and instruction from a skilled therapist in this area.

If your child is experiencing sensory issues, contact us for a consultation.  To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Disclaimer:  The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care.  Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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