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!
I am an Occupational Therapist working in independent practice in South West London. I am passionate about the children that I work with and I hope that this blog will contain useful information and tidbits about children who require and would benefit from Occupational Therapy.
I thought that it would be appropriate for the first blog to share some of my passion and enthusiasm for Occupational Therapy. OT is the most amazing profession because I get to do what I love everyday. I see the most incredible children who, in spite of their difficulties, have a deep sense of hope and joy. I am in the privileged position of helping these children reach new heights and gain new skills. No matter what their disability, there is always ABILITY to be found.
My goal for the coming weeks is to write about a variety of topics, including:
- sensory integration
- various difficulties children may be having
- handwriting and coping with school work
- various activities to strengthen fine and gross motor skills
- child development
Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if there is anything specific relating to Occupational Therapy that you’d like me to write about!
Visit my website at www.sensoryfoundations.co.uk