Proprioception gives us information about our body in space. When you have difficulty interpreting proprioceptive input you often feel disconnected from your body and the environment around you. Proprioceptive information comes from the information provided when your muscle tendons are stretched. Proprioception provides us with a sense of force and the direction of movement our bodies is going in. READ MORE
Our tactile system provides us with information from sensory input that occurs through the skin, muscle, joints and organs.
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It provides us with awareness of our body’s relative position to gravity.
What do individuals with vestibular challenges look like? Individuals with vestibular challenges can appear somewhat off balance. Sometimes they will lean, hold their body in a rigid position or an unusual position in an attempt to maintain postural alignment or prevent head movement. They can also seek out movement in an attempt to help obtain information to feel more balanced and calm. READ MORE
It provides us with oculomotor control, eye movements, visual acuity, binocular vision, convergence, divergence and helps with orientation in space. Our visual system also works with our brains to help with attention, memory, discrimmination, recognition, categorizaton, form constancey, figure ground, visual closure and higher levels skills such as visual imagery and spatial perception. READ MORE
The auditory system helps to localize sound, lateralize sound, and provide auditory discrimination and auditory pattern recognition. It also works with the visual system to help with spatial mapping.
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It provides us with the sense of smell and indicates if what we smell is a good smell or a dangerous smell. Our sense of smell is one of most primitive systems and is connected to our memory. It really acts as an early warning detection system to us to warn us against things such as smoke coming from fire, burning hoses in our car, soured milk, and pesticides on our foods and backed up sewage systems.READ MORE
It helps us to discriminate our food by taste and not smell. When we are getting accurate gustatory feedback we are able to discriminate between different types or the same textured food such as grape or cherry applesauce. Our gustatory system also acts as a warning system to let us know when our food has gone bad such as milk or meat. READ MORE
Oral proprioceptive input are foods and other items which provide heavy input orally.
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Fine motor skills are precision skills performed by the muscles in the fingers, toes, eyes and tongue. An example of fine motor hand skills would be buttoning a button or picking up a penny off of the floor. Fine motor skills can be done with the toes making adjustments and keeping balance or equilibrium during walking or dancing. READ MORE
They are the activities which occur on a daily basis that are required to take care of ourselves. These activities can also be referred to as basic activities or daily living or personal activities of daily living.
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Relating to others is the ability to stay engaged or focused on the interactive communication process with others. Interactions occur when communication goes back and forth between the parties. It can be verbal or nonverbal.
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Quiet spaces are whatever space is determined by the individual to provide a safe, calm and organizing environment for them.
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Therapy Rooms are rooms which encourage interactive sensori-motor opportunities. They should be as much fun as possible to motivate learning and participation. I want to work in a room that is as much fun for me to work in as in is for the kids. The room sets the mood for therapy sessions and the interactive opportunities.
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Fidgets are anything that helps a person to relieve stress, boredom, anger and increase calming, focusing and attending. Look in the other domain areas for additional fidgets. READ MORE