10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session

10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session

10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session

There are many factors that are part of an effective sensory integration session.  To start off with you need a qualified, experienced pediatric occupational or physical therapist to provide a comprehensive evaluation.  The physical environment should be set up with the proper equipment if needed.  Communication between the therapist, parents, and child is necessary to determine the overall functional goal of sensory integration therapy.  The next step is to start sensory integration therapy sessions.

Here are 10 essential elements of an effective sensory integration session:

~ Provide physical safety – make sure that the environment is safe for the child including any equipment being used.

~ Offer 2 or more of the 3 types of sensory input ie proprioceptive, tactile, vestibular, etc.

~ Assist the child to attain and maintain an appropriate level of alertness to participate in the activities.

~ Challenge postural, ocular-motor, oral-motor or bilateral coordination.

~ Challenge praxis, motor planning, and organizational skills.

~ Provide activity choices for the child.

~ Offer just-right challenges by modifying the task based on the success of the child.

~ Make sure the child has an appropriate adaptive response to the challenge and is successful.

~ Present activities that the child is internally motivated to complete.

~ Establish a connection with the child.

This list of 10 process elements reflect key strategies from the Ayres Sensory Integration and was developed as part of the Ayres Sensory Integration Fidelity Measure.  Read the complete study here Development of a fidelity measure for research on the effectiveness of the Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention.

Reference: Parham, L. D., Roley, S. S., May-Benson, T. A., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J. P., … & Schaaf, R. C. (2011). Development of a fidelity measure for research on the effectiveness of the Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy65(2), 133-142.

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Calming Strategies for the Classroom
Calm Down Cards
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10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session