Children with hyper-reactivity may be exposed to peaceful activities including quiet music and gentle rocking in a softly lit room. Treats and rewards may be used to encourage children to tolerate activities they would normally avoid.
How does sensory integration therapy work? First, an OT evaluates the child for what they call sensory defensiveness and sensory cravings using a battery of tests, as well as observations and interviews with caregivers. “SI is a complex, ongoing forensic analysis of each child,” Jarrow says. “It doesn’t lend itself well to a cookie-cutter approach.”
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There is no known cure for SPD however there is the capacity to evoke change. Some of the changes which parents, teachers, childcare workers and families can expect to improvements in the following areas:
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