Treatments

Sensory Integration:

Sensory Integration theory and treatment was originally developed by Jean Ayres. Sensory Integration is neurological process by which we all take in and integrate the sensory information from our own bodies & the world around us. Sensory integration allows us to provide meaning to the sensory information we receive and to produce responses appropriate to ourselves, the task and the environment in which we function. When children have difficulty integrating or processing this information, functional challenges are likely to become evident. These challenges are likely to present in way such as; attention difficulties, regulatory & behavioural difficulties, motor planning and coordination difficulties, heightened or decreased reactivity to sensations.

 

In using Sensory Integration as a guiding treatment principle your child will be guided through activities that challenge their ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful and organized response. In using this child-directed approach we are able to facilitate their development to enhance their independence in their occupational roles.

 

We will use the guiding principles from our knowledge in the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, M.O.R.E program, Astronaut Training, SOS Feeding Principles and ALERT Program

 

Please see www.sensoryint.com or www.spdnetwork.org for more information on this approach.

 

Therapeutic Listening®:

Therapeutic Listening® is a specialised and evidence based protocol. It combines a sound-based intervention with sensory integrative activities to create a comprehensive program that is effective for diverse populations with sensory processing challenges.

 

Therapeutic Listening® uses organised sound patterns, inherent to music, to impact all levels of the nervous system to increase attention, balance, body awareness and control, communication, social engagement and organisation of sensory input. Overall, children are more organised and behaviourally regulated and have more rapid therapeutic outcomes.

 

Please see Sensational Kids OT – Therapeutic Listening or www.vitallinks.net for more information on this approach.

 

DIR – Floortime™:

DIR-Floortime™ was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan & Dr Serena Wieder. The Floortime™ model encourages you to follow a child’s leads and interest to get their focus and attention, engage them, and encourage two-way communication. Throughout these created play opportunities you are able to create ‘playful obstructions’ which challenge the child to progress through the developmental levels of typical socio-emotional development as outlined by the model.

 

The model considers each dimension through the DIR acronym in recognising the D – Developmental levels of social & emotional development a child typically progresses through, the I – Individual Differences of each child and the R – Relationship the child develops with parents and therapist to facilitate their progression through the developmental levels.

 

In using Floortime as a guiding treatment principle we are able to use play as a framework for interaction in which we are harnessing your child’s abilities and tailoring your relationship to their nervous system. This model is one of guiding treatment principles of our approach. Tanya & her team are currently trained in the basic level DIR-Floortime™ certification.

 

Please see www.floortime.org or www.icdl.com for more information on this approach.

 

S.O.S Feeding:

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding program is a non-invasive developmental approach to feeding. It focuses on increasing a child’s sense of safety in exploring and learning about the different properties of foods, including texture, smell, taste and consistency. The SOS approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. This approach is based on a developmental approach to feeding and is works through a hierarchy to feeding beginning from tolerating to eventually tasting and eating foods.