Understanding Sensory Integration
In order to treat SPD, we must first thoroughly understand what sensory
It really isn't as complicated as we think and I want to present it to you in
ways you can understand - whether you are a parent or professional.
Making the confusing more simple...
Effective Sensory Integration / Sensory Processing is indeed the basic
foundation that every child needs to develop appropriately in order to meet all
learning, socializing, and developmental milestones. Sensory Integration,
in itself, is a normal neurological, maturational process within the central
nervous system... this is NOT controversial! It is a REAL and necessary
foundation that must be laid. This HAS been proven indeed.
Are you still confused about the terms... sensory integration and sensory
processing, and their related disorders? As discussed on the
SPD home page, the term
sensory integration is the term used most by A. Jean Ayres in her original works
regarding this neurological processing and the disorder. It is an accepted
medical term and based on central nervous system processing. In talking
about the normal processes that happen in the brain, sensory integration is the
term that refers to this. It is the process that happens which is
responsible for the neurons to work together and communicate effectively.
When this process is disordered; whether based on input, organization
(modulation and regulation), or output, it was described by A. Jean Ayres as
sensory integration dysfunction (or disorder/dysfunction of sensory integration
in later years). Although the theoretical base will most likely always be
based on and use these terms, the disorder itself is now called Sensory
Processing Disorder. It is the same thing, based on the same
neurological processes, but clarified and renamed to make it more understandable
to professionals, the medical community and insurance companies, as well as
Although it may be a temporary state of confusion, the new term will take
over. Therapies will continue to be based on her theories and called
sensory integration therapy or sensory integrative OT, but the individuals will
be said to have Sensory Processing Disorders. A. Jean Ayres legacy
will continue regarding therapeutic interventions, using the terms she coined.
Here you will find information about sensory integration and sensory processing
disorders, the various sensory systems, and the potential
problems within these systems and processes.
I want you to truly know and understand the basics of sensory integration /
sensory processing; the way it happens, why it happens, what can go wrong, and
how natural and important it is to any child's learning, developing, playing,
and interacting. If you understand the theories and neurological
underpinnings, then you can best help yourself or your children who have been
diagnosed with SPD. It can seem overwhelming and complicated.
Understanding Sensory Integration And SPD:
What IS Sensory Integration?
The Origins Of Sensory Processing Disorders
Symptoms Of Sensory Integration Dysfunction (now
SPD; How Does It Feel To Have It?
Is SPD A Real Diagnosis?
How SPD Affects Auditory And Visual Processing
Adolescent And Adult SPD
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And Sensory Processing Disorders And Return To The Sensory Processing Disorder
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