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Today, sensory therapy is a branch of medicine that focuses on dealing with sensory disorders and illnesses. From inner ear problems to developmental disabilities such as autism, this valuable form of therapy is for many, the only way to learn sensory skills which have been lost or never acquired.

Throughout the UK there are many occupational therapists which provide a range of sensory therapy treatments aimed to promote sensory skills and development and for an increasing minority, itís an invaluable service and indeed, even today itís something that we, as the general public know little about. That is, until we encounter it first or third hand.

In the case of developmental disorders, illnesses such as autism might mean that sensory skills never fully develop. In babies this could mean that whenever you touch your child, they start to cry Ė or it could mean disruptive behaviour in the form of not being able to stand still, fidgeting and even more.

Luckily, sensory therapy is here to help, and itís a therapy thatís designed around the principle of controlled sensory immersion and essentially, learning through experiencing sensory stimulation and interaction. In the case of infants, itís usually a form of play therapy, and with children and adults Ė itís slightly more focused.

Indeed, therapy could involve using games to teach skills such as balancing, or using tactile toys to provide tactile stimulation. Depending on the problem, the occupational therapist will create a regime thatís designed to slowly and surely try to ensure that the patient becomes more comfortable with a particular sense, or finds some sort of workaround.

The role of sensory therapy is wide and varied and youíll be amazed at just how many people need this help. Luckily today, sensory skills and development are important issues, so problems with children are being spotted earlier than ever. This means that sensory therapy can start earlier and as a result, your child has never had a better chance to lead a normal life.

Whether its autism or apraxia, youíd be surprised at the difference sensory therapy can make. Not only in helping your child, but in helping parents and carers become more informed and more knowledgeable about why their child does what they do, and more importantly whatís the best way to help them. With the help of an occupational therapist Ė things may finally become clear.

Sensory therapy in babies is also something that can be enjoyed at home and chances are, you most probably already have! From giving your child plenty of toys to ensuring they have lots of visual and auditory stimulation, this may not be clinical sensory therapy, but itís a form of therapy that your child needs and loves.

Indeed, by ensuring your child has plenty of sensory toys are also a great way to help promote sensory development from the earliest age. While you may not be fully aware of sensory development, the fact is that itís invaluable in helping babies, toddlers and infants to learn the skills they need for life.


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