Sensory Integration dysfunction is when a child is not able to manage the information coming in through their senses. This may interfere with their learning, playing, social interaction, and daily activities of life.
- Unusual sensitivity to clothing or getting dressed
- Unusual discomfort/resistance with hair washing, bathing, teeth brushing, diaper changes, etc.
- Avoids play with “messy” textures like sand, dirt, finger paint, food, glue
- Unusual sensitivity to tastes or smells
- Eats a limited variety of foods
- Avoids climbing, swinging, sliding, stairs
- Unusual sensitivity to louder sounds or environments
- Gross motor challenges (bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, balance, etc.)
- Hand coordination or handwriting challenges
- Motor planning challenges (imitating, play variety, team sports)
- Low awareness of pain and temperature
- Unusually sloppy eater and/or overstuffs mouth
- Chews or eats non-food objects
- Unusual need for movement (i.e. fidgets, rocks, jumps)
- Clumsy, falls often, accident-prone
Your child can be evaluated for sensory integration dysfunction with an occupational therapy evaluation. This may include parent interview, sensory checklists, clinical observation, and standardized testing.
Common rehab treatment interventions:
You and your child’s occupational therapist will develop a sensory treatment plan. Together you will work towards your child’s goals with therapy, parent education, and home activities. Therapy will be provided in a sensory-rich play environment with activities that are motivating and meaningful to your child.