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Sensory Integrative Therapy

Sensory integrative therapy (also know as sensory integration training) is an intervention designed to help people cope with sensory difficulties.

Sensory integrative therapy is based on the idea that some people struggle to receive, process, and make sense of information provided by the senses.

For example, some people with autism are hyper-sensitive (over-sensitive) to some things such as loud noises but hypo-sensitive (under-sensitive) to other things such as pain.

In sensory integrative therapy the therapists assess a person's sensory difficulties and then develop a personalised treatment programme in which they use the most appropriate techniques and tools to overcome those difficulties.

A sensory integrative programme usually involves a combination of different elements such as wearing a weighted vest, being brushed or rubbed with various instruments, riding a scooter board, sitting on a bouncy ball, being squeezed between exercise pads and other similar activities.

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