What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory integration is our brain’s ability to process sensory information from our body and environment, resulting in the child being able to respond successfully at home, at school, and in the community.
We gather information through the following sensory systems:
- Proprioception (muscle and joint position)
- Vestibular (head movement through space)
- Tactile (touch)
- Olfactory (smell)
- Gustatory (taste)
- Visual (seeing)
- Auditory (hearing)
The perception and organization of this information is how we develop an understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It supports our motor development, social and emotional growth, levels of alertness and ability to learn. Through a child’s active participation in his development, he promotes physical and emotional health, creates a strong sense of self and identity through engagement (alone and with others), and builds life skills and routines.