Sensory Integration
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Sensory Integration sorts, orders, and eventually puts all of the individual sensoryinputs together into a WHOLE brain function.When the functions of the brain are whole and balanced body movements are highlyadaptive, 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 inthe body: Visual, Auditory, Smell, Taste, Touch, Vestibular, and Proprioceptive. Throughoutthe day our body is bombarded with sensory information which is taken in through receptorsand 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 weare moving and what direction we are moving. The vestibular system assists with balance andposture and has a direct effect on arousal levels and attention.

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

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

Visual and Auditory
The visual system is the strongest sensory system and provides information about ourenvironment and self. Together with visual system, the auditory system provides spacialinformation.

Signs of Potential Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Poor Social Skills - Clumsy or Uncoordinated - Poor Attention Span - Reading Below GradeLevel
- Sloppy Handwriting or Coloring - Becomes Upset with Messy Play - Bothered by Tags inClothing
- Poor Balance - Limited Diet/ Refusal of New Foods - Not Keeping up with Peers - AvoidsClimbing 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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