Sensory integration refers to the central peripheral nervous system’s ability to receive and process information. It’s a complex scenario that can baffle parents and people affected by it. It is also a frustrating system because just as one discovers how to handle one sensation, another bit of sensory information can come cascading in and cause a whole different and unexpected response. Figuring out one’s every sensory need and every negative trigger really can be next to impossible. Thankfully there are lots of resources that can provide good ideas for dealing with sensory integration. Listed below are several such organizations.
If Asperger syndrome or autism is part of a diagnosis, I can almost guarantee there will be a sensory integration dysfunction component at play, as well. Learn what you can about sensory integration, but learn with caution. Before you begin your own at-home program, it is always best to have the advise of a professional in the field who can evaluate the person in need and suggest some good starting supports. This isn’t something one should experiment willy-nilly. Get advice, get an evaluation, read all you can, and go slowly when adding sensory integration supports.
The state or regional Occupational Therapy Association
Sensory Integration International (SII)/The Ayres Clinic Mail: P.O. Box 5239, Torrance, CA 90501-5339 Phone: 1-310-320-2335 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.sensoryint.com
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) Location: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Beheads, MD Mail: P.O. Box 31220, Beheads, MD 20824-1220 Phone: 1-301-652-AOTA or (800) 668-8255 Web site: www.aota.org
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