For Parents

Signs of Sensory Integration Dysfunction may include:

  • Overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights or sounds
  • Under-reactive to sensory stimulation
  • Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low
  • Coordination problems
  • Delays in speech, language, motor skills or academic achievement
  • Poor organization of behaviors
  • Poor self-concept

If you suspect your child might have a sensory integration disorder…Have him/her evaluated by a licensed occupational therapist with a strong background in sensory integration therapy. You should ask for a SIPT certified therapist. The SIPT/Sensory Integration & Praxis test is the only comprehensive, standardized evaluation that can diagnose a sensory processing disorder. Only a SIPT therapist is qualified to give this test.

Results of the evaluation will indicate whether or not a sensory integration disorder is present and will provide you with a profile of your child’s sensory processing abilities in a number of areas. Recommendations regarding the appropriateness of therapy will be made.

 

How therapy works…

In therapy, your child will be guided through activities that challenge his or her ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful, organized response. Activities will provide vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile stimulation and are designed to meet your child’s developmental needs. Emphasis is placed on autonomic sensory responses in the course of a goal-directed activity.

 

What to expect in therapy…

When this approach is successful your child will automatically process complex sensory information in a more effective manner. Very often, parents report that their child seems to be better put together, more self-assured and better organized.