|What is Occupational Therapy?*
Occupational Therapy(OT) is a health profession
devoted to helping people who have motor and behavior problems learn how
to perform purposeful activities. For a child, purposeful activities
include play, School-work, and activities of daily living (adl's).
*Don't let the title of Occupational Therapy fool you.
These specialists work with infants, children and adults. OT's
provide essential evaluation and training to make efficient and effective
learning and performance happen.
What is Sensory Integration?
A lot of learning and performance issues are caused
from poor Sensory Integration abilities. Sensory Integration(SI)
is the ability to take in information through the senses and put it together
with proper information, memories, and knowledge stored in the brain in
order to make a meaningful response. SI occurs in the central nervous
system and is generally thought to take place in the mid-brain and brainstem
levels. The body sends information to the portions of the brain responsible
for such things as coordination, attention, arousal levels, autonomic functioning,
emotions, memory, and higher level cognitive functions.
How Do I Know If My Child Has Sensory Integration Dysfunction?
Because of the complexity of the various areas that are dependent upon
and interact with each other as well as the child's own personality and
environment, it is not possible to have a single list of symptoms that
identify sensory integration dysfunction. If your child displays
any of the following, he/she may have a dysfunction in sensory integration:
Has trouble focusing
Becomes over-stimulated by too much noise
Has poor handwriting
Is in perpetual motion
Becomes dizzy/over-stimulated by too much movement
Has low muscle tone
Does not like to be touched OR touches excessively
Is a picky eater
Avoids playground activities/sports
Has difficulty with transitions
Has trouble completing activities of daily living
Has difficulty copying off the chalkboard
Shuts down/has meltdowns
Has trouble following directions
Has poor body awareness
Is emotionally "up and down"
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