Interesting analogy about Sensory Integration Disorder
I just read this interesting analogy (child's brain = kitten in a box) about Sensor Integration Disorder. I remember a friend's son coming to my house and crying hysterically because he had an eyelash on his cheek. (I'm not exaggerating.) My husband thought our one of our black labs had bitten him because he was inconsolable!
I guess my friend's son is an example of hyper-sensitivity to touch, sound, etc. but the kitten is a good example of hypo-sensitivity.
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What Everybody Ought to Know About Sensory Integration Therapy
Your child is sensitive. No, really sensitive. He won’t wear his socks because even the material bothers him – it’s too scratchy. He can’t go to sleep because his sheets feel bumpy. He struggles away from you when you try to hug him. He’s developing an unhealthy aversion to public places and crowds. Going to the dentist is a nightmare. Or maybe your child is insensitive, hitting too hard, yelling too loud, writing too dark, inflicting accidental violence on others or even hurting himself – not out of a desire to be mean, just because he doesn’t feel it unless it hurts.
If your child shows symptoms like these, you may have tried sensory integration therapy. SID is classified by a disruption in the brain’s ability to organize and respond appropriately to sensory input. It may manifest as hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to touch, movement, sounds, smells or taste, or a combination of any of the five.
Are there benefits to sensory integration therapy? Yes, therapy has proven to be effectivein some ways – for some children more than others. If your child is one of the “others”, I’d like to introduce you to a possible alternative to sensory integration therapy that works in a completely different way.
Sensory Integration Therapy: Brains in a Box
Imagine a kitten, asleep in a box. You touch the outside of the box with a feather, trying to wake the kitten, but he doesn’t wake up. You poke the outside of the box with a pen, but still he sleeps. You try holding a hot water bottle or an ice cube next to the box, but there is still no reaction. It is only when you reach inside the box and touch the kitten directly that he wakes up.
Your child’s brain is like that kitten. Sensory integration therapy tries brushing all kinds of different objects against the “box” that is your child’s body, in order to wake the sleeping kitten. Some things may work, but the reason for the problem still remains – and as soon as therapy is over, things go back to the way they were before.
LearningRx knows how to wake the sleeping kitten. Our brain training procedures are specially designed to actually alter the connections in the brain that cause the dysfunction in the first place. Once the connections are straightened out, the brain is able to interpret and respond appropriately to sensory input. Click here to learn more about LearningRx brain training.