When a child has difficulty managing sensory input, modulation, and integration, his/her entire life is affected. Bright lights, loud noises, touch, taste, even smells may create internal chaos for a child who cannot process this information in a regulated manner. Children with low muscle tone, poor gross or fine motor coordination, and unsteady balance may shy away from physical activities, have poor handwriting, or may require more physical input than their peers. The challenges faced by children with sensory processing issues may be obvious or subtle, but when they are affecting the way a child functions in school or at home, these differences can have an impact on social skills and self-esteem.
Occupational Therapists at Center for Therapeutic Intervention work with children from the outset to assist in their function in home and family life. Recommendations are made beginning in the initial therapy report for individualized methods to manage a child’s challenges. As the child receives treatment in the clinic, these suggestions are modified and revised based upon the child’s improvements and the parent/caregiver’s input. Whether a ‘sensory diet’ is suggested, recommendations are made for managing bedtime, or attachment strategies are devised for adopted/foster children, our therapists recognize that a well-regulated home life is beneficial to all.
Occupational Therapists often confer, given written permission, with a child’s teacher or school staff. This collaboration enables therapeutic methods to be suggested for the classroom setting. Therapists speak with parents/caregivers each week regarding their child’s progress, and this communication can be supplemented with phone or email communication as necessary.