Are you working with a fostered of adopted child from an early life background of significant harm? Did you know that a child’s sensory integration development can be undermined by maltreatment, deprivation, abuse, orphanage care; before and after birth?
You will learn on this course how to identify if a child has sensory integration difficulties that require specific professional intervention.
Have you ever wondered whether your own likes and dislikes may have a sensory basis? Understanding your own sensory responses can help your understanding of the child.
Sensory Integration, which is also called Sensory Processing, is a dynamic neurological process that involves receiving sensory information from the environment and turning it into functional and adaptive responses, for work, rest and play. All day, every day, we receive sensory information through touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, our muscles and joints and inner ear, as well as our internal organs. Sensory Integration “sorts, orders, and eventually puts all of the individual sensory inputs together into a whole brain function…..When the functions of the brain are whole and balanced, body movements are highly adaptive, learning is easy, and good behaviour is a natural outcome” (Ayres 1979), resulting in successful interaction in all aspects of daily life, at home, at school, at play, at work, and during social interactions.
Early life trauma can disrupt the development of the sensory systems showing up as, for instance, sensitivity to ordinary sounds and touch, that would not bother most people, as well as sensory-motor difficulties such as poor coordination, balance and clumsiness. This all has an impact on the development of self-regulation. If sensory difficulties are not resolved or understood, they can disrupt a parent’s and professional’s best efforts to help their child develop good attachments, enjoy school and participate in the normal everyday activities that bring joy and pleasure to most children.