Sensory Integration is the foundation for function within all aspects of daily life.
The sensory system involves vision, auditory, tactile, olfactory, proprioception (pressure and positioning) and vestibular (positioning and balance) input.
Sensory integration refers to the way that we take in sensory information, sort, organise and put together sensory information, we then produce an adaptive behavioural response.
Sometimes people find it difficult to process sensory information, this can be called Sensory Integration Difficulties or Sensory Processing Disorder. Often this manifests itself in adapted behaviours and difficulties.
As a result young people often seek activities that provide them with enhanced sensory experiences. At St Rose’s we help children and students to recognise sensory need, and develop positive and constructive sensory activities to enable them to develop a more mature and efficient way of organising their sensory input.
Our on-site Occupational Therapist’s play a fundamental role in assessing and providing treatment or input for people with sensory difficulties.
We help to design individual programmes, make environmental adaptations and assist with strategies and equipment to help the student to learn, move, develop appropriate behaviours and be as independent as possible.
Some of the ways that St Rose’s helps young people to manage sensory processing is to provide regular access to sensory experiences for example:
Sensory Obstacle course
Flexible classroom sessions to meet sensory requirements
Sensory diary to record sensory experiences
Coping strategies to students, staff and families
Dual purpose activities, hydrotherapy, rebound therapy, horse riding with RDA.
St Rose’s takes a cross-organisational approach to sensory processing: it is a part of lessons, break times and leisure times within the school. Professionals within the school and outside agencies liaise in the assessment and provision of sensory integration. Our current Occupational Therapist is a practitioner in Sensory Integration.
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.