Increasing a Child’s Capability to Move Through the World
Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way a child’s nervous system receives messages from the senses and translates them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.
A Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is like a traffic jam where sensory signals are not getting the appropriate responses. A person with SPD may seem clumsy, have behavioral problems, anxiety, depression or even experience failure at school. A child with SPD may over-respond to sensations and find clothing, physical contact, light, sounds or certain foods unbearable. Another might under-respond and show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold.
The goal of M&M occupational therapy is to facilitate appropriate responses to sensations in a fun, active and meaningful way so the child is able to behave in a more functional manner.
Over time our therapists are looking for the appropriate responses to generalize across all environments, not just in the clinic. Effective occupational therapy helps children with SPD to take part in the “normal” childhood activities, such as playing with friends, enjoying school, eating, dressing, and sleeping.
We focus on family-centered care and encourage parents to learn more about your child’s sensory challenges and methods to help them through the day. We also work with your child’s teachers and other professionals outside the family to provide ideas for success across all of the child’s environments.