Neurosensory Integration and Development

Neurosensory Integration relates to our brain and its capacity to accept and respond to sensory information. Patients who suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder’s (SPD) require help with integrating everyday sensory information received from our 5 senses.

People with SPD’s may often appear distractible, disorganized, hyper and overly verbal. These patients tend to suffer from a “sensory overload” and can benefit from this safe treatment.

Neurosensory integration treatments are a complimentary and alternative treatment for children with Neurodevelopmental disorders. Children are all born with an initial set of reflexes called “primitive” reflexes. Primitive reflexes allow babies to survive inside the womb and throughout the first few months of their lives as newborns. Naturally, these primitive reflexes should diminish as they develop, especially when they reach the 1 year old stage of life.

When any particular reflex does not diminish on its own, a “retained primitive reflex” may prevent higher centers of the brain from developing properly resulting in these sensory processing disorders. A child with this can have a difficult time handling certain demands of the Auditory (hearing), Tactile (touch), Vestibular (balance) and Proprioceptive (position sense) systems. As a result of this they may respond with behavioural problems and if not properly addressed, developmental dysfunction in any of these areas throughout childhood can carry over into adulthood. Dysfunction within the sensory integration system can lead to decreased academics, motor skills, social development, emotional expression and development and poor focus.

neuroseneory helps children smileConditions that share elements of Sensory Processing Disorders include (but not limited to) ADD/ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other various learning disorders. Seeing a Chiropractor with training in Neurosensory Integration can help coordinate the sensory processors of your child’s nervous system.

How do I know if my child has SPD?

Children with SPD may present with symptoms such as:

  • Being ultra sensitive about the tags on their clothing and demanding they are always removed. – Very picky about food and prefer foods with a consistent texture and temperature.
  • Can not sit still for long.
  • Struggle to keep their socks on because they find the texture uncomfortable. May also notice
    the socks are “pilly” inside.
  • tend to be very fidgety.
  • excessively over or under sensitive to smells. (More commonly oversensitive).
  • very oversensitive to sounds and auditory inputs. The child will frequently cover their ears to mute some of the noise.
  • avoids or has difficulty with activities that require balance.
  • has either an exceptionally high or low pain tolerance. (High pain tolerance: doesn’t feel stimulus that should be painful like a fall. Low pain tolerance: very sensitive and feels pain with a gentle touch.)
  • Does not like changes in routine and tends to throw a tantrum if done so.
  • distracted by noises that go unnoticed by others.
  • can be very impulsive and distractible.
  • persistently walks on tip toes and likes to avoid walking on heels. (Trying to avoid sensory
    input from the base of the feet.)
  • has many allergies and a long history of repeated ear infections.
  • has trouble coordinating eyes to follow a moving object.
  • has frequent mood-swings, outbursts or tantrums.
  • there may also be history of a traumatic birth however, this is not conclusive to suggest your
    child has a SPD.

If you think your child may have a Sensory Processing Disorder or would like help with any other Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dr. Harmony Mir is here to help you. If you are not sure if your child has these issues but want an expert opinion to see if your child is suffering from a sensory overload, bring them in for an assessment and let Dr. Harmony give you her advice.

Dr. Harmony Mir Chiropractor KelwonaBy combining many techniques, paired with exercise recommendations and nutritional training, Dr. Harmony is equipped to provide your children the care they need and deserve. She is very gentle and her personality is both warm and friendly. Your children are in good hands with Dr. Harmony Mir and she is willing go above and beyond to help your families get the customized care they require.

If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment give us a call, we are here to help you and your family.