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Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a process that allows us to receive, process, and use the information we receive through our senses. In the case of autism, this process can be affected and have a significant impact on the daily lives of those who experience it. 

Sensory integration in autism refers to how individuals with this condition process and use sensory information they receive. This can include how they perceive sounds, light, touch, and other sensory stimuli. 

sensory integration session

For people with autism, sensory integration can be a challenge. They may have difficulty filtering sensory information and may feel overwhelmed by stimuli. This can lead to a variety of behaviors, such as avoiding certain stimuli, repetitive behaviors, or even agitation. 

It’s important to understand that each person with autism is unique and may experience sensory integration differently. Some individuals may struggle with a single sense, while others may have difficulties with multiple senses. 

Fortunately, there are many strategies and therapies that can help individuals with autism improve their sensory integration. These can include occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, and other play-based therapies.

a professional child education therapist having a session

Occupational therapy can help individuals with autism develop fine and gross motor skills, which can improve their ability to process and use sensory information. Sensory integration therapy focuses on helping individuals integrate and process sensory information more effectively. 

In addition to formal therapies, there are many things that parents, caregivers, and teachers can do to help individuals with autism improve their sensory integration. These can include providing a quiet and structured environment, allowing regular breaks during the day, and providing sensory tools such as chewable toys or noise-canceling headphones. 


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