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Sensory Integration

What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory Integration (SI) is our brain's ability to take in, organize, and interpret information using all of our senses.  This process involves our senses of taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing, in addition to our sense of movement, body position, and force of gravity.  When the brain is not able to accurately interpret incoming sensory information, problems may result in poor learning, delayed motor skills, and difficult or disruptive behaviors.

Easter Seals through the help of generous donors has invested in specialized resources, equipment and training, which helped us to become the leaders in therapy for children with Sensory Integration dysfunction in central Illinois.

Who provides services?
Occupational Therapists with extensive training in sensory integration dysfunction and therapeutic strategies guide children through individualized treatment programs.  Therapy services with Easter Seals involve both direct treatment and home programming; families will receive developmental and therapeutic information for activities they can implement between therapy sessions.  At Easter Seals, we believe that family involvement is a critical component of therapy.

Easter Seals occupational therapists have specialized training in general intervention strategies for children with Sensory Integration Disorder, in addition to Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Diet programming and Sensory Feeding Disorders.

Who needs SI Therapy?
Children who demonstrate difficulty calming themselves and those who consistently seek or avoid certain activities (swinging, loud noises, touch) may benefit from SI therapy.  Diagnoses frequently associated with SI processing difficulties include Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Prematurity, and Fragile X Syndrome.

Want to know more?
Contact our Peoria Service Center at 309.686.1177 or our Bloomington Center at 309.663.8275.

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