Atlantic Highlands Sensory Motor Integration

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

We are an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.


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Our research is unlocking the secrets of the developing brain and changing the way we diagnose and treat mental health and learning disorders.

Our clinical teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, and we partner with families and schools to provide support when and where children need it most.


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Our free resources, educational events and awareness campaigns empower parents and teachers to help our children succeed in school and in life.


How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids in School

And what parents and teachers can do to help children in the classroom

Your son’s second grade teacher calls to say she’s concerned about some of his behaviors in school:


He can’t sit still through a half-hour lesson and disrupts the class.

He often seems distracted and doesn’t pay attention to what she’s saying

He bumps into kids in the lunch line, making them angry.

He can’t hold a pencil correctly, so he struggles with handwriting.

He gets upset when asked to switch from one activity to another

He melts down during assemblies and has to leave the gym.

You had started noticing this type of behavior when your child was a toddler, but now it’s hurting his progress in school. You’ve been wondering if he might have ADHD. But his teacher tells you she thinks he may have sensory processing issues.


What are sensory processing issues?

Some kids seem to have trouble handling the information their senses take in—things like sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. There are also two other less well-known senses that can be affected—the first is a sense of body awareness, while the second involves movement, balance, and coordination. Also, kids with sensory issues can be oversensitive to input, undersensitive to input, or both.


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