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Sensory Integration Therapy

Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have sensory integration dysfunction. However, sensory integration dysfunction can also be associated with premature birth, brain injury, learning disorders, and other conditions.

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Behavioral Social Skill Building

Behavior & Social Skill Building

At Therapeutic Life Skills we understand that good social skills are critical to the healthy development of children in today's society. Children learn good social skills through everyday interactions with adults and their peers. The ability to communicate and show age appropriate behavior....

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Development and Coordination

A child with delayed development may not show behaviors and abilities that are typical of the child’s age.

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About SPD

Questions about SPD?

Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have sensory integration dysfunction. However, sensory integration dysfunction can also be associated with premature birth, brain injury, learning disorders, and other conditions. What causes sensory integration dysfunction?

The exact cause of sensory integration dysfunction is not known. It is commonly seen in people with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. Most research suggests that people with autism have irregular brain function. More study is needed to determine the cause of these irregularities, but current research indicates they can be inherited.

What are the symptoms?

Children with sensory integration dysfunction cannot properly process sensory stimulation from the outside world. Your child may:

  • Either be in constant motion or fatigue easily or go back and forth between the two.
  • Withdraw when being touched.
  • Refuse to eat certain foods because of how the foods feel when chewed.
  • Be oversensitive to odors.
  • Be hypersensitive to certain fabrics and only wear clothes that are soft or that they find pleasing.
  • Dislike getting his or her hands dirty.
  • Be uncomfortable with some movements, such as swinging, sliding, or going down ramps or other inclines. Your young child may have trouble learning to climb, go down stairs, or ride an escalator.
  • Have difficulty calming himself or herself after exercise or after becoming upset.
  • Jump, swing, and spin excessively.
  • Appear clumsy, trip easily, or have poor balance.
  • Have odd posture.
  • Have difficulty handling small objects such as buttons or snaps.
  • Be overly sensitive to sound. Vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, hair dryers, leaf blowers, or sirens may upset your child.
  • Lack creativity and variety in play. For instance, your child may play with the same toys in the same manner over and over or prefer only to watch TV or videos.

How is sensory integration dysfunction diagnosed?

A health professional, often an occupational or physical therapist, will evaluate your child by observing his or her responses to sensory stimulation, posture, balance, coordination, and eye movements. While many children have a few of the symptoms described above, your health professional will look for a pattern of behavior when diagnosing sensory integration dysfunction.

How is it treated?

Sensory integration therapy, usually conducted by an occupational or physical therapist, is often recommended for children with sensory integration dysfunction. It focuses on activities that challenge the child with sensory input. The therapist then helps the child respond appropriately to this sensory stimulus.

Therapy might include applying deep touch pressure to a child's skin with the goal of allowing him or her to become more used to and process being touched. Also, play such as tug-of-war or with heavy objects, such as a medicine ball, can help increase a child's awareness of her or his own body in space and how it relates to other people.

Although it has not been widely studied, many therapists have found that sensory integration therapy improves problem behaviors.

Free Consultation

Please feel free to call me for a short phone consultation. This is helpful for asking questions about counseling, my services, and discussing your counseling needs. There is no charge for this. I will be happy to help you decide if I can assist you with your needs or issues.

(817) 299-9200 or (817) 461-6200.

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  • Dr Alfred Tomatis
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  • Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances
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Therapeutic Life SKills
915 Skyline Drive
Suite 100
Arlington, TX   76011

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Phone: 817.299.9200
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