Sensory Motor Integration
Sensory Integration is an innate neurobiological process that refers to the integration and interpretation of sensory input from the environment by the brain. In contrast, Sensory Integrative Dysfunction is a disorder in which sensory input is not integrated or organized appropriately in the brain and may produce varying degrees of problems in development, information processing, and behavior. A general theory of sensory integration and treatment has been developed by Dr. Jean Ayres from studies in neurosciences and those pertaining to physical development and neuromuscular function.
NDT is an advanced therapeutic approach practiced by experienced Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists. This hands-on approach is used in working with people with central nervous system insults that create difficulties in controlling movement. Neurodevelopmental Therapy is based in principles of human neurology and physiology. Individual who have minimal to severe motor challenges can benefit from the NDT approach.
Feeding has both a sensory and motor component that has to be addressed by occupational therapists. Oral sensory work is used to increase oral awareness or decrease oral hypersensitivity. Oral discrimination skills are encouraged for preparation for expressive speech. Feeding therapy can assist a child to develop or relearn important oral motor skills necessary for safe and efficient feeding for nutritional competency.
Fine Motor/Graphomotor/Perceptual Motor
Handwriting is a complex perceptual-motor skill that is dependent upon the maturation and integration of a number of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills. The ability is developed through instruction.
Therapists at Pediatric Therapy Center have advanced training in the DIR/Floortime model for play and relationship skills. This model honors the developmental, individual profile and relationships of each child in a unique way. Dr. Stanley Greenspan based his research in developmental psychology.