Benefits to Children and Adults

IMAGINE you are a bright kindergarten boy whose ears fill with pain whenever the school fire alarm rings. While the other children line up to leave the room all you can do is hide in the corner with your hands over your ears.

IMAGINE you are a 10-year-old girl who is friendly and has a wonderful imagination, but cannot kick a soccer ball, learn the steps in dance class, or ride a bike.

IMAGINE you are an adult who has become socially isolated because the slightest touch feels threatening and the smells and sounds of restaurants, malls, and movie theaters are intolerable.

IMAGINE you are a parent of a young child who struggles with sleeping and eating, and is irritable much of the day. You hope its is just a stage, but each day becomes a difficult trial.

IMAGINE an individual who otherwise typically functions well, who is not able to easily process information from their senses (touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, and movement), resulting in delays in motor skills and problems with self-regulation, attention, and behavior.

Often these conditions are seen in individuals who are diagnosed with autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and other neurological conditions. Therapists specializing in sensory integration are able to identify and treat these conditions. Through therapy, children, adolescents and adults can master skills, develop self-confidence, and find increased ease and comfort in their daily lives.

We are born with primitive reflexes (such as the Rooting reflex, the Moro or Startle reflex) that help us survive in the early stages of life. Normally, over time, reflexes are “integrated” or fade away into the background of one’s movement repertoire. Unfortunately, in today’s world, this step of integration is not occurring in increasing numbers and this brings challenges to motor coordination, mental abilities and social development. Oftentimes, this is referred to as a Sensory Processing Disorder. To read more about Sensory Processing Disorder, click here. To read more about integration of reflexes click here.

We will learn to recognize the normal progression of reflex integration, how to support this process and what to do if it is not occurring, including interventions that everyone can incorporate into daily activities.

Dad
of a 6 year old
Before my child began OT at age 2, she had difficulty walking, fell often and injured herself bumping into things, and had very poor fine and gross motor skills. It was thought she would never be able to write. Now, at age 6, she runs, skips, jumps, and climbs. She has better handwriting than many of her peers. OT, and her own determination, played a huge role in where she is today.

Children

  • Reflex integration for acquisition of developmental movement patterns
  • Reduced defensiveness with improved sensory processing and modulation
  • Strengthening of caregiver bonding, attachment and communication skills

Adults

  • Improved body image and alignment
  • Recovery from physical injury and pain
  • Release of emotional trauma symptoms
  • Support for life transitions and relationships
  • Freedom for artistic and creative expression
Dad
of an 11 year old
When my daughter first began OT, her philosophy was "if at first you don't succeed, quit and do something else. Her poor motor skills made playing with age‐appropriate toys difficult for her. OT taught her to keep trying until she mastered a task, an invaluable lesson that has helped her with basic life skills like dressing herself and opening doors, as well as vital kid skills like hopping and skipping and school skills like writing and cutting with scissors. That lesson, and the hard work she and her OT have put in over the past four years, have gotten her to the point where her daily challenges are almost on a par with any other kid her age.
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