About department

Sensory integration is a specialty area of occupational therapy that is based on over 40 years of theory and research. The term “sensory integration” refers to: The way the brain organizes sensations for engagement in occupation.

Occupational therapy with a sensory integration approach typically takes place in a sensory-rich environment sometimes called the “OT gym.” During OT sessions, the therapist guides the child through fun activities that are subtly structured so the child is constantly challenged but always successful.

The goal of Occupational Therapy is to foster appropriate responses to sensation in an active, meaningful, and fun way so the child is able to behave in a more functional manner. Over time, the appropriate responses generalize to the environment beyond the clinic including home, school, and the larger community. Effective occupational therapy thus enables patients to participate in normal activities life.

Sensory Integration may vary depending on the needs of your child and the type of sensory input he/she needs. Our Occupational Therapists will work with your child to both challenge him/her and enable his/her success. It is imperative that you take part in the treatment, learning from the therapists, helping your child, and integrating sensory integration into your routine at home.