Sensory Integration Dysfuntion is a term we hear more and more these days, but it still seems to confuse many people. New research is coming out all the time, helping to shed light on what can be a difficult disorder to understand. Here’s a pretty basic overview.
Most people remember being taught about just 5 senses. However, it turns out there are truly SEVEN senses. Sensory Integration deals with all 7 senses: sight, sounds, smell, taste, touch, vestibular, and proprioceptive. Vestibular system relates to the body’s sense of balance and coordination, while the proprioceptive system relates to the body’s sense of where it is in space and the feelings of pressure. Sensory integration dysfunction happens when a person is unable to process and use sensory information from any one of these senses.
While many people with sensory integrative dysfunction receive the messages from outside stimuli such as sounds, lights, and other sensations, the messages sent to the brain get “mixed up” and it becomes difficult to process these sensations.
Many therapies are available for individuals with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. These are the three most common.
For more information on Sensory Dysfunction, visit the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.