The Importance of Sensory Play

January 31st, 2017

It is now known knowledge that sensory play is beneficial for individuals with autism. What is sometimes not clear, however, is why.

Autism symptoms often involve difficulty processing sensory information such as movement, sound, smell, texture, taste and even brightness. These difficulties can make everyday interactions and activities feel extremely overwhelming for those with autism.

Sensory play has been proven to ease these difficulties in order to improve daily functioning. Occupational therapists who practice sensory integration therapy do so in a way that is designed to help the brain change how it reacts to smell, sound, taste, etc.

One particular study found that children in sensory integration groups score significantly higher in attaining their goals and required less assistance from caregivers in social situations and self-care skills.

For more information, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/study-finds-sensory-integration-therapy-benefits-children-autism for the full article and to learn more on autism and sensory integration.