What Is Sensory Integration Therapy?

The term “sensory integration” refers to the processing, integration, and organisation of sensory information from the body and the environment. Simply put, this means how we experience, interpret and react to (or ignore) information coming from our senses. Sensory integration is important in all the things that we need to do daily, such as getting dressed, eating, moving around, socialising, learning and working.

Sensory Integration Therapy is a type of occupational therapy that is designed to help individuals who have difficulty processing and responding to sensory information. This therapy involves exposing individuals to various sensory experiences, such as touch, sight, sound, and movement, in a structured and supportive environment.

The goal of this therapy is to improve the individual’s ability to process and respond appropriately to sensory input, leading to better coordination, attention, and overall functioning. Sensory Integration Therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages who experience sensory processing difficulties, including those with autism, ADHD, and other developmental disorders, as well as individuals who have experienced trauma or injury. Through sensory integration therapy, individuals can improve their ability to engage with their environment, leading to a more fulfilling and functional life.

During Sensory Integration Therapy, the therapist works with the individual to create a personalized plan of sensory activities that are appropriate for their specific needs and goals. These activities may include things like swinging, bouncing on a therapy ball, playing with tactile materials, and engaging in physical challenges such as climbing or balancing. The therapist guides the individual through each activity, providing support and feedback as needed.

The goal of Sensory Integration Therapy is to help the individual become more comfortable and confident in their ability to process and respond to sensory information. This can lead to improvements in a wide range of areas, including communication, social interaction, and academic performance. For example, a child who has difficulty with sensory processing may struggle with focusing in class, making friends, and participating in sports or other physical activities. Through Sensory Integration Therapy, they may learn new coping strategies and improve their ability to engage with their environment, leading to a better quality of life.

Sensory information is received from our senses, which include:
  • Sight (vision)
  • Hearing (auditory system)
  • Touch (tactile system) Taste (gustatory system)
  • Smell (olfactory system)
  • Proprioception (senses of body awareness and position)
  • Vestibular (awareness of movement, balance, and coordination)
  • Interoception (our internal sensory system that tells us what is happening inside our body, for example, hunger, needing the toilet, fatigue, emotions, etc)


Sensory integration therapy is a program usually led by occupational therapists. For example, an occupational therapist might design and implement an individual program of sensory experiences for an autistic child.

Sensory integration therapy is used to help children learn to use all their senses together – that is, touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. It’s claimed that this therapy can improve challenging behaviour or repetitive behaviour. These behaviours can be related to difficulties with processing sensory information.

Therapists also sometimes suggest that sensory integration therapy can help with other autism characteristics, like difficulties with play and emotional regulation. Some forms of sensory integration therapy are called Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) intervention. This type of sensory integration therapy tends to focus on goals and is more systematic than other types of sensory integration therapy.

Parents may recognize their child’s behaviour is not typical. But most parents may not know why. Don’t be afraid to discuss your child’s behaviour with your doctor. He or she may refer you to an occupational therapist. These professionals can assess your child for SPD. He or she will likely watch your child interact in certain situations. The therapist will ask your child questions. All of these things will help make a diagnosis.

Unique Approach of Jeevaniyam, The Best Autism Treatment Hospital In Kerala

At Jeevaniyam, sensory integration therapy starts with an assessment of the child by our best occupational therapist. The therapist then plans and conducts a program that includes activities to stimulate sensory responses from the child – in particular, responses to do with balance and physical movement. This might include things like swinging, bouncing or climbing. Sensory integration therapy is designed to be part of wider programs that also include communication, behaviour and educational therapies.


How do we manage Autism Spectrum Disorder?


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a behavioural abnormality with its roots situated in the defective neuropsychological system and disorder in the digestive and metabolic system. In case of any early signs that you are noticing with your children, make sure that you consult an expert group of professionals so that they can give them a quick diagnosis and care so that they have more options for treatment. There is no one fixed strategy to manage individuals who are suffering from this because they have varying talents and difficulties. 

We at Jeevaniyam address this issue in the most scientific way by assessing & monitoring the child’s current physical and mental state. Our main goal is to improve food habits, diet, exercise, play and sleep in treating the central nervous system disorder. We use an interdisciplinary approach by combining different Ayurvedic therapies with alternative therapies to achieve good results on a case-to-case basis. Modern medical science & technology provides us with the tools to identify, assess and monitor the conditions, the rich tradition of Indian Ayurveda holds the promise of regenerating and rejuvenating the Pranas to mitigate the negative fall-out to a large extent. In Ayurveda, we follow the treatment procedures and therapies based on a unique protocol called AGASTYA PROTOCOL, which is a research work done at Ayurveda college Kottakkal under the ministry of Ayush. It is an integrated method that combines the most effective and needed therapies adopted worldwide, along with Ayurveda medicines for a complete approach towards a better life for the ASD child. The integrated therapies that are commonly used are:

    • Speech and Language Pathology
    •  Psychology and Behavioural Management
    • Educational Rehabilitation     
    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupation Therapy
    • Sensory Integration
    • Music Therapy
    • Clinical Yoga

We also give adequate training to the parents or guardians in how to handle these kinds of situations. As a parent, they should understand that the time taken for the improvement differs from child to child depending on the severity. Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital & Research Centre is committed to making your special child future-ready & giving you back the joy of parenting, without falling prey to feelings of frustration, self-rejection and hopelessness very common in such a situation.

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