Sensory Integration Therapy

Therapist: Donna Boygle BSE (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Post graduate certificate in Advanced Sensory Integration Therapy.

Sensory children – The out of sync child – or misunderstood children.

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Is your child’s behaviour being misunderstood?

  • Does your child over react or under react to sensory input?
  • Are they disorganised in their movement?
  • Do they have difficulty learning new skills?
  • Lack confidence in self directed play?
  • Have poor attention skills?

Are you worried this is affecting your child’s learning and impacting on their activities of daily living.

  • If so then a sensory assessment could be useful in identifying what specific areas your child may be having difficulties in and where they might need support, guidance or sensory integration therapy.
  • When a child over reacts, under reacts or fluctuates in reaction to sensory input in a manner disportional to that input and with inappropriate emotional responses it can be hypothesised that they may have a sensory modulation disorder.
  • Sensory modulation disorder disrupts a child’s ability to achieve and maintain daily tasks and adapt to challenges in daily life.

Sensory Integration Therapy

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Sensory integration uses enhanced sensory input in a sensory enriched environment, where the child feels safe and combines planned motor out put for a child to experience success. Through self-motivated play, facilitated by the Occupational Therapist the child can learn to organise behaviour more effectively in the home and at school.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when there are problems with processing in one or more of  the sensory systems.

For example a child may find a hair cut distressing because they are sensitive to the feel of the hair on their skin and/or the noise of the clippers is too loud and/or the light from the mirror too bright.

Sensory Processing Disorders:

* Sensory Modulation Disorder – Under responsive – over responsive or sensory seeking behaviours (Spinning, chewing, rocking, fidgets, fussy eaters, poor sleep patterns, hands over ears, angry and highly anxious).

* Sensory Based Motor Disorder – Dyspraxia (Clumsy child, reduced balance, weak and low endurance, poor co-ordination, planning, sequencing and executing new actions).

* Sensory Discrimination Disorder

All of the above can impact on a child’s concentration and learning ability making every day tasks challenging.

Assessments.

We use a standardised sensory assessment tool called the Sensory Processing Measure that can be used for home and school to identify you Child’s sensory needs.

The Sensory Integration and Praxis Assessment can be used upon request (This is the gold standard assessment for identifying sensory difficulties). Dr A. Jean Ayres (an Occupational Therapist, Educational Psychologist and Neuroscientist) Clinical Observation is also completed.

The assessment process will involve:

  • An initial assessment – This is completed without the child present so information can be obtained about the child’s medical history, behaviours and concerns.
  • The second part involves a clinical observation assessment with one parent present to identify what difficulties the child is having with processing sensory information in the environment.
  • On completion of this a full Occupational Therapy report can be requested and used for statement purposes (This will be at an additional cost).

Intervention.

A variety of treatment options are available to suit your families needs. They include:

1. Sensory advise sheet which can be used within the home. This gives parents some helpful tools to deal with your child’s specific sensory needs.

2. A Sensory diet can be implemented in the home and/or school which is a structures sensory programme. This will be regularly reviewed to ensure we are meeting your Child’s changing sensory needs.

3. 10 weekly Sensory Integration Therapy sessions involving direct one on one treatment based on the Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) principles. Where the environment includes using both suspension equipment and a variety of other sensory equipment.

In addition home visits and school visits can be provided to share the sensory strategies over all environments.

Donna Boygle regularly offers the opportunity to attend one of her sensory work shops as an opportunity to learn more about this condition, understand the behaviours and explore the sensory strategies that can be used. For dates of future talks go to workshops. Workshops can also be delivered in schools to raise awareness to Teachers and learning support teachers who will be working with children with sensory difficulties.

During school Holidays a SENSOTIME sensory session is available which is an opportunity for your Child to experience the sensory equipment in a fun and interactive group. Sessions last one hour at a cost of £10 per child (Max of 4) with Donna Boygle available to answer parents questions. (This is meant as a taster and not as a therapy and or assessment session). For dates and time of future sessions call Donna Boygle on 07528790553.

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The Role of the Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy plays a role in helping a child and the family to adapt to the challenges imposed on everyday life by a physical, sensory, psychological or learning disability.

Occupational Therapists working with children observe a child’s performance in their occupational roles, such as playing, being part of a family, taking care of their personal needs, making friends and going to school to learn!

The primary goal of the Occupational Therapist is to help children develop, restore and maintain those skills, behaviours and relationships necessary for independent living. By assessing the child’s performance and skills in activities that are meaningful to the child, problems can then be identified and the Occupational Therapist can either:

  • Help the child to gain the relevant skills.
  • Adapt the environment.
  • Make adjustments and compensation for functional deficits.

This enables more productive and satisfying learning and growing experiences for the child.

Additional Occupational Therapy Services

  • Assessment and treatment for visual perceptual difficulties.
  • Home and school visits can be arranged
  • Fine motor assessments.
  • Hand writing groups – Coming soon.

Prices. Prices depends on therapy options chosen.

Bupa Registered.

To discuss prices and book a Sensory Assessment contact Donna Boygle on 07528790553.

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