This includes vision, auditory (hearing), tactile (touch), Olfactory (smell), Oral (taste, texture of food), vestibular (balance and movement) and propriceptive (position of body in space)Normally we take this for granted. But sometimes there is either an over or under sensitivity and our body has to work harder to make sense of it.
Sensory integration deficits can be in varying degrees—and limited to just one area of sensitivity. It can occur withor without other conditions and disablities.
Sometmes I hear people say, "Oh no, one more thing to work on!" There is a very good reason to work on your child's sensory integration—because a child trying over run by sensory stimuli
- is not available for learning
- has difficulties in social situations
- needs more emotional support than otherwise.
Typically a developmental occupational therapist will do the evaluation and suggest a 'sensory diet' based on the child's needs. Here are some links, incase you want to know more...