Sensory Integration in Northern Ireland
Sensory Integration (or as it’s commonly known SI) refers to the way in which the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioural responses.
Children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism may have a dysfunctional sensory system and some senses may be either over or under-reactive to stimulation.
Sensory Integration focuses primarily on three basic senses : tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive. Vestibular and proprioceptive senses are often overlooked beyond the “traditional 5 senses”, although they form an essential part of our day to day lives.
Proprioceptive senses process information from our muscles, joints, and other body parts to provide us with an unconscious awareness of the position of our body parts in relation to each other, other people and objects.
The Vestibular sense puts balance into our lives. It provides information about movement, gravity, and changing head positions. It tells whether we’re moving or we’re still, as well as the direction and speed of our movement. We can even tell if we are vertical or horizontal—even with our eyes closed.
Combining the development of both Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses, the practice of Sensory Integration can assist in developing the ability to process this information and help to treat dyspraxia, vestibular disorders and balancing problems.
In Northern Ireland, John Preston Healthcare are the exclusive agents for ROMPA Sensory Equipment and Multi-Sensory rooms. ROMPA and John Preston Healthcare supply a wide range of equipment which is suitable for Sensory Integration with children and young adults in Northern Ireland.
Our Sensory Integration Product Specialist can provide advice, assessing each client’s individual needs and recommending the right products.