Sensory Integration

Sensory Intergration (SI) is the body's way of receiving, interpreting, and organizing sensory input (touch, movement, sound, taste, sight, body awareness, and the pull of gravity), and using the input to effectively learn and behave appropriately within the environment.

Occupational Therapists at The Children's Hospital provide evaluation and treatment for children who experience difficulties with sensory integration.  Children with the following diagnosis and conditions may experience sensory integration deficits:

  • Attention Deficit Disorders (with or without Hyperactivity)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Autism
  • History of prematurity
  • Handwriting problems
  • Feeding problems

Occupational therapists in our facility are specifically trained to perform sensory integration therapy.  These therapists provide evaluation to determine the need, frequency and duration of intervention appropriate for each child. Therapists may also be certified to administer a specific evaluation called the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, which can be given to children meeting strict criteria between the ages of 4 and 8 years old.

Occupational Therapists educate families to understand the behaviors of their children, improve function within their environments, and provide home activities to address the families' particular needs and goals for their child.