SENSORY PROCESSING

AND

EMOTIONAL REGULATION

Occupational therapy for sensory processing difficulties in children is fun! During a sensory-based OT session, the therapist and your child will interact in a sensory-rich environment with movement (swinging and spinning), tactile, visual, auditory, and taste input opportunities that seem to a child more like a giant playground than a therapy center.

When occupational therapy is effective, children improve their ability to accurately detect, regulate, interpret, and execute appropriate motor and behavioral responses to sensations so they are able to perform everyday "occupations" in a functional manner. These occupations include playing with friends, completing school or homework, completing activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, sleeping, and enjoying family life. Some of the major areas that we strive towards are:

 

     Attention

 

     Sensations

 

     Emotions

 

     Culture (habits and routines)

 

     Relationships

 

     Environment

 

     Tasks

 

The goal of OT for children is always on developing automatic and appropriate responses to sensation so that daily occupations can be competently performed and social participation fostered.

See the Sensory Resource Page for more information about equipment, etc.