Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), also known as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), is a condition where the brain struggles to process sensory information correctly. People with SID may experience an inability to filter out background noise, extreme sensitivity to touch or sound, and difficulty processing movement and balance.

This condition can have a significant impact on daily life, including difficulty concentrating in school, trouble with fine and gross motor skills, and difficulty socializing. Occupational therapy can help individuals with SID improve their ability to process and respond to sensory input.

An occupational therapist trained in sensory integration can develop a personalized treatment plan to help individuals with SID. This plan may include activities to help desensitize the individual to certain sensory stimuli, such as brushing the skin, wearing compression clothing, or providing deep pressure input.

Other activities may focus on developing specific skills, such as balance or coordination, through the use of sensory-rich activities like swinging or jumping on a trampoline.

Occupational therapy can also help individuals with SID develop coping strategies to manage sensory overload in everyday life. These strategies may include taking sensory breaks, using noise-cancelling headphones, or avoiding overly stimulating environments.

Overall, occupational therapy can be a valuable tool for individuals with SID and their families. With the right treatment plan and support, individuals with SID can learn to manage their sensory processing difficulties and improve their overall quality of life.