- Overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights or sounds
- Under-reactive to sensory stimulation
- Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low
- Coordination problems
- Delays in speech, language, motor skills or academic achievement
- Poor organization of behaviors
- Poor self-concept
If you suspect your child might have a sensory integration disorder…Have him/her evaluated by a licensed occupational therapist with a strong background in sensory integration therapy. You should ask for a SIPT certified therapist. The SIPT/Sensory Integration Praxis test is the only comprehensive, standardized evaluation that can diagnose a sensory processing disorder. Only a SIPT therapist is qualified to give this test.
Results of the evaluation will indicate whether or not a sensory integration disorder is present and will provide you with a profile of your child’s sensory processing abilities in a number of areas. Recommendations regarding the appropriateness of therapy will be made.
How therapy works…
In therapy, your child will be guided through activities that challenge his or her ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful, organized response. Activities will provide vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile stimulation and are designed to meet your child’s developmental needs. Emphasis is placed on autonomic sensory responses in the course of a goal-directed activity.
About Lori Grossi
Lori has been an Occupational Therapist for 15 years. She graduated from Penn State University’s Occupational Therapy Program and is a member of the High Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi of Penn State University. Lori has worked the last ten years specializing in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Read More…