Spring Lake Sensory Motor Integration
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers is a client-centered practice dedicated to helping people, especially children, who struggle as a result of sensory processing issues. When an individual is unable to accurately interpret sensory input, he struggles to navigate his world on a functional everyday level. Academic achievement also becomes very difficult.
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers creates individualized programs to address each client’s specific needs based on evaluation outcomes. All sessions are conducted one-on-one, with only one OT and one client working in the room in order to eliminate distractions. This approach combines intensity, duration, and frequency for maximum results. Specialized treatment sessions combine traditional occupational therapy with sensory integration techniques to create fun, therapeutic activities that address each client’s sensory-motor needs.
Everyone has the potential and desire to succeed. An individual’s ability to reach his/her full potential can be unlocked by addressing underlying sensory and motor coordination issues that are obstacles to success.
Sensory processing refers to the way in which our brain interprets, organizes, and creates an appropriate response to information that comes from our senses.
Most people are aware of their senses of sight (visual), hearing (auditory), touch (tactile), taste (gustatory), and smell (olfactory). However, there are three more senses: vestibular (position in space/balance), proprioception (body/muscle awareness), and interoception (internal sensations). Although we often think of our senses as separate processes, the brain integrates information from all the senses to provide us with an accurate picture of our environment and our place in that environment.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when an individual has trouble interpreting, organizing, and/or responding to information that comes in through the senses. SPD can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to succeed at developmental tasks such as meaningful play, academic achievement, and positive interactions with family and peers.
Sensory processing issues affect people of all ages and abilities. Even though an individual may have 20/20 vision, his brain may not accurately process the input from his eyes. Many people with diagnoses such as attention and learning problems, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and neurological disorders also have sensory processing issues. Sensory Processing Disorder can also stand alone with no other diagnosed disorders.
SPD can affect the way in which a person modulates his response to sensory input, how he discriminates between different sensations, and/or how he controls his body movements (as a response to sensory input). Common examples include:
Over-responding to certain textures, sounds, or movement
Under-responding to, or difficulty registering, hot/cold temperatures, unusually high pain tolerance, not responding when name is called
Actively seeking sounds or movement in a way that interferes with life activities
Difficulty discriminating between sounds, resulting in mishearing words
Looks around the room frequently, appearing inattentive
Poor endurance / low muscle tone
Appears clumsy – bumps into things, poor balance
Gross motor (walking, running, jumping, skipping) and fine motor (tying shoes, buttoning, coloring) delays
Difficulty planning motor movements
Poor self-esteem and low tolerance for frustration
Difficulty interacting with same-aged peers
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