Sensory Awareness Month

October is Sensory Awareness month – well in the States at least. But I thought I would take the opportunity to do a little awareness building anyway. I found this clip that I thought would be helpful as it explains what sensory integration dysfunction is and it also shows you what sensory integration therapy looks like.

On of the key aspects of sensory integration therapy is scaffolding an activity to provide the “just right challenge” for a child. As you’ll see in the video, therapy is FUN (as it should be) but it also leaves the impression that the therapist is playing with the child. However, each activity is graded and structured to provide the just right challenge. As the child progresses through therapy, activities will place increasing demands on the orgranisation of information within the central nervous system.

I hope that you find the clip helpful and I’d love to hear any of your thoughts or comments!


3 Responses to “Sensory Awareness Month”

  1. 1 goodmum October 18, 2008 at 3:16 am

    This is a great, informative video. Thanks!

  2. 2 johnvgordon November 11, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Thanks for posting this information Tarryn. Informative video.Have you by chance worked with music as a stimulus when treating and working with children?

  3. 3 Tarryn Poulton November 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm


    Thanks for your comment – I’m glad you found the video helpful.

    In terms of using music in therapy, I have recently attended a course run by Sheila Frick on Therapeutic Listening. I found the course very informative and really eye-opening in terms of the value of using music as a therapeutic tool. So, to answer your question, I have not been using music up until now but am very excited about introducing it in therapy from here on!

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