Sensory Integration Therapy
Commonly found in children with autism, ADD, and cerebral palsy, sensory integration dysfunction is steadily being researched and improved. Sensory integration therapy is the treatment for the symptoms brought on by this condition.
Sensory integration dysfunction can be displayed in many ways such as exaggerated or underrated responses to stimuli. Children with cerebral palsy may also be overly sensitive to certain textures, and may cry or react with fierce anger when confronted with an unpleasant texture.
Some of the more common sensory integration problems related to cerebral palsy are visual and auditory. A child may:
- Not respond to speech
- Have difficulty determining the direction from which sound is coming
- Be unable to recognize people’s voices
- Have a difficult time finding objects located in plain view
Other sensory integration challenges include a heightened sense of taste and licking and chewing on non-food items.
For most children with cerebral palsy, sensory integration therapy will be a significant part of their lives.