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What is sensory processing?
Sensory processing is one of the primary functions of the brain whereby sensory input is received, sorted and categorized. Sensations are further integrated with collateral sensations which influence the perceptions we form, our behavioral responses and how we learn. Sensory processing is essential for building the strong and highly sophisticated foundation for sensory-motor development that leads to the brain’s complex mental and social functions.
What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?
When sensory signals are misinterpreted or sensory processing does not occur quickly enough, inefficient, unexpected or undesired behavioral responses occur. When this happens on a regular basis, negatively impacting childhood development, work performance, social interactions or activities of daily living, it is referred to as a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Children with an SPD often over or underreact to sensory input. Adults understandably assume that they are “not paying attention” or are behaviorally (under their control) not appropriately reacting. These sensory challenges lead to arousal regulation challenges whereby emotional responses to situations are either “too big” or “not enough.” Such challenges directly impact physical, cognitive, social and emotional skill development. Low self-esteem can start to evolve.
What makes our therapy approach different?
Supporting awareness and acceptance of our emotional responses allows for neurological changes to be made on a more permanent basis. Old patterns of movement and behavioral coping are replaced with improved sensory processing. With improved sensory processing comes higher skill development leading to greater confidence, less intense emotional responses, and faster emotional recovery.
Our expansive outdoor and indoor environments offers a wide variety of motivating activities suitable for any skill levels or arousal needs. Our warm and encouraging in-the-moment exploration of feelings goes beyond labeling feelings to empowering children to realize that they themselves can better understand and manage feelings that can get in the way of desired physical and/or social-emotional experiences.
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