Oct. 31.

Sensory integration and Autism

Many individuals with autism experience sensory integration dysfunction or sensory processing disorder, which can include the following such as tactile defensiveness, vestibular processing deficits, gravational insecurity, proprioceptive issue, etc.  Many experience sensory overload that causes them to shut down, indulge in self-stimulatory behaviors or display meltdowns. Individuals with autism who bump and crash into things and seek sensory input need sensory integration therapy. Those who are hyperactive, resist being touched, unable to focus, writing difficulties, falling down, chewing difficulties, etc.,need sensory intergration as well.

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Several techniques can address sensory integration dysfunction or sensory processing disorder in those with autism such as the Wilbarger protocol. It involves a series of therapeutic approaches, such as the deep pressure brushing, weighted vest, joint compression, weighted belt, jumping on a trampoline, therapy ball, etc. Some activities help with visual tracking and other visual processing problems. These activities help meet the needs of central nervous system, which varies from person to person. An occupational therapist will create a sensory diet that provides these varies activities based on the individual with autism sensory needs.This allows the senses to integration which improves socialization, learning, behavior, etc.

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He or she can demonstrate this method for you to do at home and for the teacher to do inside the classroom. Sensory integration improves the lives of those with autism.

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