Q&A about Sensory Integration Therapy

Lorna Jean King, OTR, FAOTA, is a pioneer of sensory integration therapy.  A colleague of the late A. Jean Ayres, she founded The Center for Neuro-developmental Studies (CNS) in Phoenix.  Here are her thoughts about sensory integration. Q: What is the goal of sensory integration? A: To facilitate the development of the nervous system’s ability to process sensory input.  SI pulls together all sensory messages to form coherent information on which we can act.  This normal process is disrupted in autistic individuals, 85-90% of whom have SI problems. Q: Please comment on the relationship between behavior and sensory needs. A: Behavior is communication.  Observing what triggers the behavior, we can modify the environment and help the child learn self-calming techniques that improve behavior. Q: What should parents look for when deciding whether to have their child evaluated? A: The child who is unusually fearful of movement, or who lacks normal fear of falling, may have vestibular difficulties.  A hypersensitive child…

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Tommy’s Story – by Liane Holder All seemed well as we began our life with our newly adopted son.  His birth mother’s questionable background was not a concern because surely we could provide all the love and security and parenting necessary to overcome any rocky start he might have. Initially that would appear true as he met physical milestones. His first word was dog and that remained his only word well past his 2nd birthday.  He didn’t sleep through the night and was often irritable, but so were other children… still… something was beginning to nag at us.  Entering daycare at 2, he was a handful, often biting or striking other children without provocation. He also hugged and kissed everybody and anybody, including perfect strangers in stores.  At 3 he entered a language-based special pre-K due to his delayed language.  We didn’t really understand at the time that his lack of speech was the red flag he had been waving…