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We are Totaly Sense-Sational

5 Sentry Parkway East, Ste. 110

Blue Bell, PA 19422

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• Overly sensitive to touch, movement, sights or sounds

• Easily distracted

• Decreased awareness of surroundings

• Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low

• Impulsive, lacking in self-control

• Inability to unwind or calm self

• Poor self-concept

• Social and / or emotional problems

• Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness

• Difficulty making transitions from one situation to another

• Delays in speech, language, or motor skills

• Delays in academic achievement

• Slow reaction to touch, movements, sights, or sounds

Sensory Integration

The theory of Sensory Integration (SI) was developed in the 1960s by Dr. A. Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist who was a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities. She defined SI as the body's capacity to organize sensory input, information and stimulation a person receives from his or her own body and the environment through the different sensory systems:

 

• Tactile (touch)

• Proprioceptive (joint and muscle impulses)

• Vestibular (movement, visual, and auditory

 Free Screening - If you are not sure if you or your child needs OT services and want to get an idea if OT and Sensory Integration are right for you call our office for a free 15 minute consultation to review your concerns and your child's needs.

 

The sensory information is then processed by the central nervous system and used to help our body develop spatial awareness, muscle tone, postural stability and self-regulation. SI gives us the awareness of our body and the ability to use it as a tool to interact with others in our world.

For those with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, the brain is not processing or organizing the flow of sensory impulses properly. This can impact on a person's functional, developmental and learning processes.

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The interaction of a child and their environment through their physical senses can make certain aspects of life challenging, but it can also be used as a critical tool in development.

The sensory information is then processed

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• Hearing and listening / auditory

Providing the right kinds of sensory stimulation helps normalization of the sensory systems – tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and visual – to provide the optimal state of alertness and attention. In addition, it helps to develop an adaptive response for daily functioning.

 

A typical session includes:

• Tactile and proprioceptive input using a technique such as "brushing" and deep pressure stimulation

• Vibratory input

• Movement play (i.e. swings, balance beam, rock wall climbing, scooters, and obstacle courses) for body awareness

• Postural activities designed to increase strength, postural control, stability, coordination, and motor planning

• Visual motor / perceptual activities (puzzles, manipulatives, three-dimensional block designs, figure-ground activities, etc.)

• Oral motor activities (blow toys, whistles, etc.) and fine motor activities (Handwriting Without Tears)

A typical SI / OT session

A comprehensive evaluation takes 3 - 4 hours and consists of a variety of assessment tools that measure key issues, including sensory processing, postural skills / strength, and motor planning. The most common standardized test used is the Sensory Integration and Praxis Texts (SIPT) for children between the ages of 4 to 8 years, 11 months; other tests include the Test of Sensory Integration (3 - 5 years), Bruininks Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency

(5 - 15 years), and PEERAMID (6 - 14 years).

 

A comprehensive evaluation includes a formal report with assessment scores, a sensory motor history, and clinical observations. Recommendations and long term goals and objectives are also included in this comprehensive report.

Evaluations

Clients may choose a mini-evaluation if they have had a previous and adequate evaluation and are looking to begin the therapeutic process, to make sure our approach fits yours, and to get an overview and general verbal feedback when a full evaluation is not required. A mini-evaluation is 2 hours and includes clinical observations of developmental and sensory-motor based issues. This is an overview and not meant to be a comprehensive evaluation.

Free Screening - If you are not sure if you or your child needs OT services and want to get an idea if OT and Sensory Integration are right for you call our office for a free 15 minute consultation to review your concerns and your child's needs.

Mini Evaluation

"Since starting at Totaly Sense-Sational, my daughter Mia has made incredible progress. Her body and spatial awareness have improved immensely, as well as her core strength and fine motor skills. The therapists are so encouraging, energetic and kind that my daughter doesn't want to leave after her sessions. Not only has their total sensory approach helped her make gains in her OT goals, it has helped her language improve as well. I am incredibly grateful for everything they have done for my daughter."

http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/walk/2013/10/25/me-and-my-daughter-mia

Testimonials

Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder include:

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Comprehensive Evaluation