SI Assessments and Recommendations
Sensory integration assessments are usually done by a therapist. They assess the child’s response to different sensory input including visual, tactile, olfactory, vestibular, proprioceptive, gustatory and auditory. Based on these, the therapist may suggest ideas that can be integrated into the child’s overall goals.
Sensory integration recommendations usually consist of activities or adaptations that aim at regulating these experiences for the child, and thus improving the child’s academic performance in the long run. Some examples are:
Visual: Working in a dark room or space; using a guide to follow words in a book; using large sized fonts in books and worksheets; using a task light to improve concentration.
Auditory: Using earplugs for individual work or in crowded places like the cafeteria; listening to music at rest time; eliminating background noise in the classroom by shutting windows and using thick curtains.
Proprioceptive: Using a weighted pen; wearing weighted wristbands; 15 minutes on the trampoline at recess; writing while lying on the floor; weight bearing on elbows.
Vestibular: Sitting on a therapy ball during class; taking a walk between classes; running around the field at recess; sending the child for small "chores" that will require them to walk; gym session everyday.
Tactile: Using a pencil grip; doing tactile activities like finger painting; play dough; making mud castles; drawing letters on sand with the fingers.
Olfactory: Spraying a little perfume on the inner part of the forearm.