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1 Sensory Integration Parent Workshop

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3 The 5 senses The commonly known senses – These keep us informed about what is happening outside our body

4 Sensations from joints and muscles The body’s A-Z (Map) We can always tell the position of our body, without even looking PROPRIOCEPTION

5 Found in the inner ear Sends information to our brain regarding: - balance - movement - muscle tone Coordinates eyes, head and body VESTIBULARSENSE

6 Sensory Integration How the brain organises sensory information for use Can explain the relationship between brain and behavior

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8 Why consider Sensory Processes?

9 Sensory vs. Behavior All sensory process have a behavior/emotional component BUT Not all behavior has a sensory component All behavior is communicating a need

10 Effects of Sensory Integration Difficulties Motor Skills Attention

11 An Analogy The link between brain and behavior Brain: Hungry – Just Right – Stuffed Full - Behavior: Seek more Sensory input Play, Work, Learn Avoid Displaying Negative Behaviors to express overload

12 Hungry Stuffed Full Under Responsive Over Responsive Poor Registration Sensory Seeking Sensitivity to StimuliSensory Avoiding

13 The Hungry child Needs a lot of sensory information May over-respond to sensory information –Sensory seeking –Over-active –Flighty attention –Passive –“Day dreamy” –Miss important instructions

14 The Stuffed Full child Does not need a lot of sensory information May over-respond to sensory information –Sensory Avoiding –Doesn’t like clutter –May like clear spaces –Doesn’t like crowds –Be very controlled/controlling –Doesn’t like noises –Be very picky

15 Does SI affect Learning? Yes ….because learning requires The child’s behavior and alertness to be in an optimal state to maintain attention to tasks. The child’s motor skills to be in an optimal state to perform and learn new tasks successfully.

16 Does SI affect Behavior? YES… When sensory input is confusing or upsetting, the child may actively avoid the situation, become upset or have an emotional outburst. When the child does not register enough stimulation he may seek it out by constantly moving, chewing, humming, or flapping or he or she may seem tired, uninterested and passive. He may rummage cupboards seeming to be in search of food even when full.

17 Sensory Modulation How the child responds to sensory information Alerting Calming

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19 Poor Adaptive Responses Flight Fight Fright

20 Provide a Balanced Diet

21 Morning Routine Alerting –Vibrating Toothbrush –Crunchy Cereal –Trampoline –Simon Says Game –Shower –Cold, cold milk Calming –Graduated Light –Gentle Music Alarm –Weighted blanket –Carrying clothes to utility room –Carry own school bag –Chewy cereals

22 After School/Homework Alerting –Playground –Crunchy Snack –Cold Drink –Sour Candies –Dancing –Music –Vibrating Cushion –Movement breaks Calming –Playground –Chewing gum –Heated Room –Bath –Blowing bubbles –Fidgets –Cushions

23 Bed Time Alerting –Exercise/Games –Vibrating toothbrush –Cold Drink –Music –Scented candles Calming –Weighted blankets –Tight clothing –Heated Room –Calming songs –Read story without pictures –Bath

24 Understanding the sensory needs of my child at home Group Detectives: What sensory tools can I use at home with my children? When can my child access these? How/when can I recognise when my child needs a sensory snack? How can we fit this into our daily family life?

25 Some useful books The Out of Sync Child Has Fun: Carol Stock Krankowitz Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: Christopher Auer and Susan Blumberg Raising a Sensory Smart Child: Lindsey Beil, Nancy Peske Building Bridges through Sensory Integration: Ellen Yack, Paula Aquilla, Shirley Sutton Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to do if you are defensive in an overstimulation world: Elaine Wilson and Helen Edwards

26 Some Useful Websites Sensory Integration Network Sensory Integration International Sensory Smart Sensory Integrative Dysfunction in Young Children


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