Sensory Integration
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Sensory Integration sorts, orders, and eventually puts all of the individual sensory inputs together into a WHOLE brain function. When the functions of the brain are whole and balanced body movements are highly adaptive, learning is easy, and good behavior is a natural outcome. -A. Jean Ayers

Out body takes in information though our sensory system.There are seven sensory systems in the body:Visual,Auditory,Smell,Taste,Touch,Vestibular,and Proprioceptive.Throughout the day our body is bombarded with sensory information which is taken in through receptors and processed in the brain. The result is known as Sensory Integration

The vestibular system has its receptors in the inner ear; it is our body’s movement system. It provides information about head position, whether our head is up or down and, how fast we are moving and what direction we are moving.The vestibular system assists with balance and posture and has a direct effect on arousal levels and attention.

The proprioceptive system has its receptors in the muscles and joints.; it helps us with body awareness, balance, and posture. This system helps us to know how much pressure to use when performing a task and provides body awareness without looking.

The touch system has its receptors in the skin, the body’s largest organ. It helps it discriminate where we are being touched, type of touch, and the pressure being applied.This system is essential for motor skill and emotional development and is an early system for mother and child bonding.

Visual and Auditory
The visual system is the strongest sensory system and provides information about our environment and self.Together with visual system, the auditory system provides spacial information.

Signs of Potential Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Poor Social Skills - Clumsy or Uncoordinated - Poor Attention Span - Reading Below Grade Level
- Sloppy Handwriting or Coloring - Becomes Upset with Messy Play - Bothered by Tags in Clothing
- Poor Balance - Limited Diet/ Refusal of New Foods - Not Keeping up with Peers - Avoids Climbing or Swinging - Unusually Rough Play- Trouble Sitting Still - Becomes Upset during Grooming - Frequently Covers Ears
- Difficulty Getting Dressed - Trouble Putting Puzzles Together

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