Sensory Processing Disorders

What is Sensory Integration?

A neurological process that organizes sensations from one’s body, and one's environment making it possible to use the body effectively in the environment. The brain must select, enhance, inhibit, compare and associate the sensory information in a flexible and dynamic pattern.

What are some factors that influence the development and organization of sensory information?

  • Biological background (genetics, physical structures, etc.)
  • Environmental factors (physical environment, sociocultural group)
  • Dynamic interaction between the systems (state of health influences development, physical size influences motor development)
  • A person’s state of health

What do children need to encourage typical development?

Children need sensory nourishment for brain functioning arousal, attention, attachment and social relationships, and organization of actions.

What motivates and drives children in their development?

Adaptive responses to a “just right challenge” demonstrate a child’s active successful response to environmental challenges to motivate and drive development. These successful changes show that neuroplasticity is the most dramatic potential for change in young children.

What are some signs and symptoms to watch out for in your child at home?

  • Doesn’t meet motor milestones at the same age as peers
  • May be clumsy or fall frequently
  • Simple activities may be difficult
  • May not play as skillfully as peers
  • Language delays
  • Hyperactivity (compulsive reactions to the sensation that can’t be “turned off” or organized)
  • Hypersensitive to touch, sounds, etc.

What are some signs and symptoms to watch out for in your child at school?

  • Difficulty with fine motor tasks such as tying shoes, writing, cutting with scissors, etc.
  • Transitioning between activities and environments
  • Difficulty in competing in sports and playground activities
  • Remembering instructions
  • Hyperactivity (compulsive reactions to the sensation that can’t be “turned off” or organized)

Remember, every child with poor sensory integration shows a set of different symptoms!

Our treatment team consisting of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy will perform standardized testing and skilled observation to identify your child’s area of need and implement sensory strategies as needed to enhance your child’s learning and development through sensations in the context of meaningful, self-directed, and adaptive interactions.

GTC strives to be the premier provider of physical and occupational therapy in the DFW area. Our therapists apply professional techniques and utilize state of the art tools to ensure that patients recover function and receive relief from pain as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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