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What Is Sensory Integration?

Sensory Integration is the ability to take in, sort out, process and make use of information from the world about us. It allows us to make appropriate adaptive response to meet the demands of the environment. Information from one’s own body and the world is gathered from the 7 senses:

  • Touch (tactile sense)
  • Movement (vestibular sense)
  • Body Position (proprioception)
  • Sight (vision)
  • Sound (auditory)
  • Smell (olfactory sense)
  • Taste (gustatory sense)

This sensory information goes to the brain where it is organised and interpreted. Consequently an adaptive plan of action can be carried out in response e.g. you touch a hot object and you immediately withdraw your hand.

In order for the higher levels of the brain (cerebral cortex) to work effectively, the lower levels (brain stem) must sort out the information accurately. This processing of sensory information is called sensory integration.

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"Through structure and pushing the boundaries each week we saw a huge change in our son’s relationships with adults and other children. Asking our son about the experience he will tell you that he loves attending Tree Tops because it’s fun and exciting and he can wrestle with the bear in Reception."

"The Think Sensory Not Behaviour Training helped me to think of the underlying cause of many of the behaviours we see in Nursery and lots of positive strategies we can use to prevent them and support individual children.”

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Children's Occupational Therapy North East

Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Ltd are an established service with an outstanding reputation for children's occupational therapy and sensory integration expertise.  

Based in County Durham and Stockton, we work in partnership with families, schools and health professionals across the North East to make a difference to children’s lives by improving their ability to achieve as well as their general happiness and wellbeing.

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Eldon Road
Newton Aycliffe
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46 Durham Road
TS19 0BS

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