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Sensory Processing

Kid's Creek uses sensory processing therapy techniques and a multidisciplinary treatment approach to provide the most effective treatment for your child. This section will provide a brief overview of sensory integration as well as provide possible indicators of sensory processing disorders.

What is Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Therapy at Kid's Creek utilizes occupational therapy and/or physical therapy to provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach for children who have trouble making use of sensory information. Therapy is designed to help a child attain his greatest potential for development and learning. An important part of development is the ability to organize information coming from the senses such as smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing, and movement. Sometimes information from the senses is not received and organized correctly by a child's nervous system, and this results in an inability to develop, learn, and behave normally. Trouble in the organizing of information is called sensory processing dysfunction.

Sensory integrative therapy approaches neurological problems in children by first evaluating the way the child's brain is organizing sensations. Then the therapists guide the child into therapeutic activities that produce sensory information and encourage its organization. These activities are based on normal development and are usually very fun for the child. The younger the child, the better he/she responds to therapy because the brain is more flexible and easily changed. Therapy is provided by an occupational or physical therapist specially trained in sensory integrative techniques. Therapy helps to improve gross, fine motor, speech and social skills, cognitive and academic abilities, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Possible Indicators of Sensory Processing Disorders

  • Clumsy, poorly coordinated
  • Overly active, inattentive, impulsive
  • Underachiever in school
  • Poor peer relations
  • Low endurance, under active
  • Overly sensitive to touch, textures of clothes or foods, hair washing/haircuts
  • Fearful of swings or playground equipment
  • Delayed developmental milestones
  • Persistent ear infections
  • Speech delays, auditory processing difficulties
  • Behavior problems
  • Delay in dominance, right/left discrimination