Think of all the sensations you experience while dressing, bathing, walking or riding a bike. The feeling of the cloth against your skin. The sound of the water splashing. The wind blowing against your face as you zoom down the street.
Sensory integration is how most of us understand our world; through the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. We also receive information from our body position sense (proprioception) and balance and movement (vestibular). Children are constantly taking in sensory information through these systems to learn, play, and interact with the world. Children with sensory integration issues do not process the information correctly and may benefit from occupational therapy to help the process along.
Some Possible Signs of Sensory Integration Issues:
1. Overly sensitive or under reactive to touch, movement, sights, or sounds in the environment
2. Unusually high or low activity level
3. Easily distracted, poor attention to tasks
4. Delays in speech, motor skills, or academic achievement
5. Coordination problems, appears clumsy or awkward
6. Poor body awareness
7. Difficulty with tasks that require using both hands at the same time
8. Difficulty learning new tasks or figuring out how to play with unfamiliar toys
9. Appears to be disorganized most of the time
10. Difficulty with transitions between activities or environments
11. Immature social skills
12. Impulsivity or lack of self-control
13. Difficulty calming self once “wound up”
What is SIPT certification?
SIPT stands for Sensory Integration Praxis Test. The SIPT is considered the “gold standard” for identifying sensory issues because it is the only sensory integration test to help us understand why some children have difficulty learning or behaving as we hope and expect. Occupational therapists can help children with sensory issues, but without being SIPT certified, they are missing out on revealing important behind the scenes information to truly pinpoint a child’s learning and behavior difficulties.
Specifically, The SIPT is a group of tests that can be administered in 2 hours. It identifies the child’s strengths and concerns across the different sensory systems. Any of the individual tests can be administered separately in about 10 minutes each. The SIPT can only be administered by a therapist who has certification in the protocol and who has received extensive training in sensory integration.
Get on Board!
Since I received my SIPT certification 2 years ago I have found incredible success in treating sensory disorders. For example, I worked with a girl who was absolutely terrified of riding in a car due to the associated sensory experiences. The SIPT helped me pinpoint specific issues and difficulties this young lady had with her sensory system. As a result, I was able to more effectively provide therapy to address her needs behind the scenes and she can now ride in the car without issues. Same can be said for a young man who had difficulty with the sensory experiences associated with wearing clothes. Through SIPT we were able to discover the underlying sensory causes, and now this child will wear sweatpants and loose shirts with no problem. Becoming SIPT certified has revolutionized my therapeutic approach. These are just two small successes in the line of victories that I have seen with my clients.– it is a very rewarding experience!
Parents, if your children are demonstrating sensory and behavior issues it’s time to talk to your pediatrician to schedule an appointment for an occupational therapy evaluation. I want to help your child be the very best that they can be! It is never too late! Click here to make an appointment.
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My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.
My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!
My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!
I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.
Kelli Geisler Davisson
LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!
We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.
Laura Lee Hogsett
They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.
We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!
LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!