Sensory Integration: What Is It and How Can It Help Your Child?

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Sensory Integration:
What is it, and how can it help your child?
Jennifer McKenna OTR/L Megan Carrick OTR/L
The Nervous System
 Science tells us that the nervous system is as unique as a finger print.  The nervous system allows us to have a dialogue with the environment.
Sensory Systems
 The five familiar systems
     Sound Sight Smell Touch Taste
 The body systems
 Vestibular or balance/movement  Proprioception or muscles and joints
Processing Challenges
 Integration  Modulation  Discrimination
Implications for Daily Life
    Regulation Motor Planning Fine and Gross Motor Social Emotional Capacities
Parent Child Interactions:
The Emotional Experience of Daily Life.
Jennifer McKenna, OTR/L Megan Carrick, OTR/L
Parent Involvement
 Parents are the best players for their children.  You are the expert on your child and the best advocate.
DIR® Principles
 Developmental Trajectory  Individual Differences  Relationship Capacities
Using FloortimeTM Principles in Sensory Motor Play
• Following their lead. • Using knowledge about the child’s profile to facilitate play.
 Pacing your interactions to meet the child’s processing capacities.  Modifying the environment.