Sensory Therapy Summary
Sensory processing (also called sensory integration) is a term used to describe the process in which the nervous system interprets messages it gets from the senses and turns those messages into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Effective sensory processing provides a crucial foundation for more complex learning and behavior. For the child with Kabuki syndrome, there can be malfunctions in this processing, which can adversely affect many aspects of the individual’s life - including motor clumsiness, unusual sensitivity to sounds and smells, avoidance of certain textures, self-injurous behaviors and difficulty with attention.
Sensory integration therapy is a form of occupational therapy in which special exercises and activities are used to strengthen the individual’s sense of touch (tactile), sense of balance (vestibular), and sense of where the body and its parts are in space (proprioceptive). The variety of activities is endless, and although it may be hard work for the child, it can also be fun. The most effective approach to sensory integration therapy is for therapy to continue in the home and school settings. There are many simple activities and adaptations that can be made that will make a big difference in the child’s ability to process sensory input.