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Sensory Integration

A Presentation for PCRC by Hanna Kitchens
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on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration Overview Hanna Kitchens
Winter 2010 What is sensory integration?

Sensory Integration is the ability to take in, sort out, and connect information, so our bodies are able to respond in an adaptive manner. Typical Sensory Processing

Tactile
Proprioceptor/Vestibular
Motor Planning (Praxis) Disrupted Sensory Processing

Tactile defensiveness
Proprioceptor/Vestibular disruption
Dyspraxic syndrome Identifying sensory integration disruption Infants and toddlers

____ Problems eating or sleeping
____ Refuses to go to anyone but me
____ Irritable when being dressed; uncomfortable in clothes
____ Rarely plays with toys
____ Resists cuddling, arches away when held
____ Cannot calm self
____ Floppy or stiff body, motor delays
Pre-schoolers

____ Over-sensitive to touch, noises, smells, other people
____ Difficulty making friends
____ Difficulty dressing, eating, sleeping, and/or toilet training
____ Clumsy; poor motor skills; weak
____ In constant motion; in everyone else's face and space
Five Caveats about using a checklist The Out-Of-Sync Child (1995) by Carol Stock Kranowitz

The child with sensory dysfunction:

does not necessarily exhibit every characteristic
will show characteristics of a dysfunction one day but not the next.
may exhibit characteristics of a particular dysfunction yet not have that dysfunction.
may be both hypersensitive and hyposensitive.
Everyone has some sensory integration problems now and then, because no one is well regulated all the time.
RESOURCES ON SID Home page for Sensory Processing Foundation
http://www.spdfoundation.net/index.html

References for research on SID
http://www.spdfoundation.net/library.html#autism

The Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center
http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/index.html

The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Processing Disorder, revised edition (Perigee, 2005) http://www.out-of-sync-child.com/default.htm
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