Integration (SI) therapy is designed to identify disruptions in the way the
individual?s brain processes movement, touch, smell, sight and sound, and help
he or she process these senses in a more productive way. It is sometimes used
alone, but is often part of an
occupational therapy program. It is believed that SI does not teach
higher-level skills, but rather enhances sensory processing abilities, allowing
the child to be more available to acquire higher-level skills. Sensory
Integration therapy might be used to help calm your child, to help reinforce a
desired behavior, or to help with transitions between activities. Therapists
begin with an individual evaluation to determine your child?s sensitivities.
The therapist then plans an individualized program for the child, matching
sensory stimulation with physical movement, to improve the way the brain
processes and organizes sensory information. SI therapy often includes
equipment such as swings, trampolines and slides.
Occupational and Physical Therapists provide Sensory Integration Therapy.