Our Approach

We work with children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Sensory Processing Disorder. We use a sensory processing-based approach for treatment to engage the child in a relationship of trust with the therapist in order to improve self-regulation and enhance a child’s ability to effectively engage with their environment

What does sensory processing mean?

Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and generates appropriate responses. For people with Sensory Processing Disorder, the sensory information does not get organized appropriately for the brain to form an adaptive response. Those with SPD have differences in how they perceive and respond to sensory information. People with SPD are able to detect sensory information; however, the information gets mixed up in the brain and results in an inappropriate response.

When you see difficulties with sensory processing/motor integration, you might also see difficulties with

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  • Feeding:Picky eaters or problem feeders.
  • Attention and concentration: Sustained effort, doing activities without distraction, and being able to hold that effort long enough to get the task done.
  • Behavior: The actions of a person, usually in relation to their environment.
  • Body awareness: Knowing body parts and understanding the body’s movement in space in relation to other limbs and objects.
  • Coordination: The ability to integrate multiple movements into efficient movement.
  • Expressive language (using language): The use of language through speech, sign, or alternative forms of communication to communicate wants, needs, thoughts, and ideas.
  • Play skills: Voluntary engagement in self-motivated activities that are normally associated with pleasure and enjoyment where the activities may be, but are not necessarily, goal-oriented.
  • Receptive language (understanding): Comprehension of language.
  • Self-regulation: The ability to obtain, maintain and change one’s emotion, behavior, attention, and activity level appropriate for a task or situation in a socially acceptable manner.
  • Articulation: Clarity of speech sounds and spoken language.