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Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration Areas and Equipment

Introduction

Sensory Integration is "the neurological process that organizes sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment." (Ref: Ayres - Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders, 1972). It enables us to combine sensory input with previously learnt information, memories and knowledge, and make a meaningful response.

Sensory Integration is central to learning and to physical and social functioning for all of us. In neuro typical individuals it occurs and develops naturally, with no conscious effort from ourselves.

The successful integration of huge amounts of sensory information leads to the development of our vestibular and proprioceptive systems enabling body awareness, movement sequencing and planning, and appropriate and meaningful responses to both our environment and our own sensory systems – sight, hearing, touch, taste, where we are physically in our environment and how we move through it.

It’s not that easy for everyone though, and for some people it is difficult (or impossible) for them to co-ordinate an appropriate sensory response to the world around them.

For these individuals educators and therapists work together to develop programmes and strategies to develop sensory integration. We have developed a range of equipment useful for such programmes. We are also willing to custom design any items not in the catalogue that you feel are important for sensory integration work in your environment.