Using Sensory Integration to Treat Autism

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Using Sensory Integration to Treat Autism

Another treatment method for autism includes sensory integration (SI). This method assists children who have difficulty with sensory integration are likely to either over or under react to stimuli that affects the senses such as sounds, sights, smells, tastes or feeling. SI methods work to desensitize the child to the stimuli that they have difficulty processing. For example children who have difficulty with touch may be treated by exposure to objects of a variety of textures so they will be less reactive to objects that have these textures. Exposing the patient to a variety of sounds and decibel levels can be beneficial for a child who has difficulty processing sounds. These types of treatments should take place under the supervision of a specialist who has carefully evaluated the patient prior to beginning treatment.



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