Sensory Integration Helps Arousal Regulation in Adopted Children
Sensory integration at Calo focuses on varied techniques to decrease ones sensory process problems. These problems can result from difficulties in how the nervous system receives, organizes, and uses sensory information from the body and the physical environment for self-regulation, motor planning, and skill development. These problems impact self-concept, emotional regulation, attention, problem solving, behavior control, skill performance, and the capacity to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships. In our preteens, they may negatively impact the ability to keep attention in school, react when there are increased people or sounds, comprehending information by way of reading or listening, problem solve new information, or mix in well socially.
Occupational Therapy strategies at Calo may help reduce stress and inappropriate or disorganized behavior caused by poor sensory registration, sensory defensiveness, sensory overload, and poor praxis. Various levels of treatment with Calos Occupational Therapy program involve various levels of sensory integration such as using the Wilbarger Brushing/massage technique with and without textured or perfumed lotion that is used as a relaxation and sensory awareness technique. Identifying the sensory diet involving various items that help increase alertness or control of a childs needs is used and may include a chewy necklace, crunchy candies, weighted snake on lap/around shoulders for the deep pressure to be calmed, set routine between class breaks involving pushing/pulling for increased movement and allowing control of regulation, specified oils for relaxation or alertness pending a childs comfort, etc.
Calos Occupational Therapy program uses standardized tests to identify a childs strengths and weaknesses in sensory processing, executive functioning, and self-regulation. These tests include the:
- Adolescent Sensory Profile identifies the functional level of low regulation, sensory seeking, sensory avoidance, and sensory processing
- Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function identify behavior regulation skills in relation to cognitive processing ability per age level.
- Beery VMI focusing on skill level of ones visual, motor, and visual-perceptual.
- Schoodles Test for fine motor skills.
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