The term “sensory integration” refers to the processing, integration, and organisation of sensory information from the body and the environment.
Simply put, this means how we experience, interpret and react to (or ignore) information coming from our senses. Sensory integration is important in all the things that we need to do on a daily basis, such as getting dressed, eating, moving around, socialising, learning and working.
Sensory information is received from our 8 senses, which include:
For most of us, the development of sensory integration occurs when we are young as part of our normal development and in the things we do such as rolling, crawling, walking and in play; for others, sensory integration is less well developed.
Our understanding of sensory integration was initially developed in the late 60s and 70s by Dr A Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and psychologist with an understanding of neuroscience, working in the USA. Ayres defined sensory integration as:
“The neurological process that organises sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively with the environment.” (1972)
A safe and fun space for selective eaters and sensory sensitive kids to explore food using a sensory integration and play based approach. These groups run once every 6 months, so if you are interested, please contact us to place your child on the list for the next group.
Designed for children who have difficulty eating, with or without a diagnosis:
The Playful Place offers training and workshops that can be designed around individual needs of the organisation, group or the family. Elen is a highly skilled and engaging presenter who can make hard topics easy to learn and apply to practice. Call us today to discuss what your training needs are. Popular workshops include:
Social skill groups can be greatly beneficial to children, giving an opportunity to learn and practice skills in a safe environment tailored for their individual needs. The group is kept small with children with similar skills. Research based Lego-Therapy techniques are used as the foundation of the group activity. The group works on:
The Playful Place provides high quality therapy aiming at empowering the child through celebrating strengths and understanding challenges. Specialised areas include
The Playful Place offers the following assessments:
Professional supervision is "A structured and intentional relationship in which a practitioner reflects and critically on his/her/their work, and receives feedback and guidance from the supervisor in order to deliver the best possible service to consumers" - OT Code of Ethics.
Elen is a qualified clinical supervisor, providing clinical supervision for health professionals.
Mentoring and coaching also available for non-qualified or non-registered facilitators and practitioners.