We have been asked by a number of parents if the Learning Breakthrough Programme helps with Sensory Integration disorders. The answer is YES. We have seen countless examples of children and adults who couldn’t wear certain clothes; jeans, school uniforms, lables etc. Others who couldn’t even try certain foods as the sense of smell was sending a jumbled or incorrect signal back to the brain to say “stew smells like a farm yard”!!! Parents can feel that their children are just being awkward or seeking attention. We can assure you, from personal experience, that they don’t want to be like this but they can’t help it.
Sensory Integration refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and relates them to motor and behavioural responses – no matter what action we wish to perform from eating to visiting a supermarket our senses need to be organised for us to complete the task efficiently and without stress.
On a number of recent re-evaluation visits we have noticed a child wearing jeans for the first time!! Another young boy who did Trial Biking always complained that he couldn’t touch a sponge (dry or wet). His Dad thought he was just trying to get out of washing the bike!! When we saw him at the 6 months evaluation we asked him about this, he went and got a dry sponge and squeezed it – “No problem” he said. I asked him to wet it. He stuck it under the tap and said “No, no problem there either” we all cheered!!!!
It sounds like such a simple thing and we all experience times when we can’t ‘think straight’ but if the correct messages are not being related to the brain on a constant basis it can have a devastating effect on a person’s life.
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My own child was a fussy eater. I though he was just attention seeking as he always wanted a different meal. Once he