Child Holding hands over ears due to sensory processing disorder. KH Therapy helps with Sensory Processing.

Sensory Processing

Harmonizing Sensory Experiences for Balanced Living

Kollaborative Healing Therapy aids children with sensory processing issues. Therapists help children who are over-sensitive or under-sensitive to sensory inputs like touch, sound, and movement. The therapy includes activities designed to help children appropriately respond to sensory stimuli, improving their focus, behavior, and participation in daily activities. We develop individualized activities and strategies to help children respond appropriately to sensory stimuli, enhancing their focus, participation, and comfort in various environments.

Understanding Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

Navigating the World Through Senses

Sensory Processing: The Foundation of How We Experience the World

Sensory processing is the mechanism by which our brain receives, interprets, and responds to sensory information from our environment. This encompasses the familiar five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell – as well as proprioception (sense of body position) and vestibular sense (sense of balance and movement). For most children, sensory processing is automatic. However, for some, the way their brain interprets these senses can be different, leading to challenges in everyday life.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): When Sensory Signals Get Mixed Up

Sensory Processing Disorder occurs when the brain has trouble receiving or responding to sensory input. This can manifest in various ways: some children may be oversensitive (hypersensitive) to stimuli, finding lights too bright or clothing textures unbearable. Others might be under-sensitive (hyposensitive), seeking intense sensory experiences. SPD can affect one sense or multiple senses and can significantly impact a child’s daily activities, behavior, and learning.

Recognizing the Signs of SPD in Children

The symptoms of SPD can vary widely, but common signs include difficulty handling changes in routine, being easily overwhelmed by sensory information, unusual eating habits, resistance to physical contact, or a constant need for movement. Early recognition and intervention are crucial for helping children navigate these challenges.

Occupational Therapy: A Pathway to Better Sensory Integration

Occupational therapy plays a pivotal role in assisting children with SPD. Therapists use a variety of techniques and activities designed to help children better process and respond to sensory stimuli. This therapy is not about changing the child’s sensory experiences but rather teaching them strategies to cope with and manage their unique sensory needs.

Sensory Integration Therapy: Tailored to Each Child’s Needs

Creating a Supportive Environment for Growth and Learning

Sensory Integration Therapy, a key component of occupational therapy for SPD, involves individualized activities that are both therapeutic and fun. These activities are designed to challenge the child’s ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful, organized response. This might include playing with different textures, balance activities, or exercises that help with body awareness.

Creating a Supportive Environment for Growth and Learning

In addition to therapy sessions, occupational therapists often work with families and schools to create environments that are supportive and accommodating of a child’s sensory needs. This may include adapting classroom settings, offering sensory breaks, or creating home routines that reduce sensory overload.

Empowering Children for Success and Confidence

The ultimate goal of therapy for SPD is to empower children to better understand and manage their sensory experiences. This leads to improved participation in everyday activities, enhanced learning, and better social interactions. With the right support and interventions, children with SPD can thrive and enjoy a full, active life.

Begin the Journey to Sensory Balance

If you believe your child may benefit from support in sensory processing, we are here to help. Contact [Clinic Name/Contact Information] to learn more about our occupational therapy services and how we can assist your

child in achieving sensory balance and overall well-being.