Problems with any sensory system can lead to problems with focus, behavior and listening. When the sensory systems are intact, learning is effortless and easy. Immature sensory systems make paying attention and learning difficult and frustrating.
“Learning and paying attention depends on the ability to integrate and organize information from our senses. Unorganized sensory input creates a traffic jam in our brain making it difficult to pay attention and learn.” To be successful learners, our senses must work together in an organized manner. A person with difficulty paying attention, may have an immature nervous system causing dysfunction and making it difficult to filter out nonessential information, background noises or visual distraction and focus on what is essential.
A high percentage of children with attention disorders also have sensory processing problems. These children may not perceive and process sensory information properly and they have difficulty producing appropriate responses at school, at home and in the community.
Children with focus problems showed abnormal functional activity in several regions of the brain involved in the processing of visual attention information. Communication among the brain regions within this visual attention-processing pathway was disrupted in the children with focus problems.
Targeting the 5 sense below, Clarity Chair can help improve the problems associated with them:
|Tactile (Touch)||Body Awareness|
Fine Motor Skills
|Trouble in Crowds|
Bothered by Seams in Clothes
Pulls away from Hugs
Bothered by Food Textures
Has to Touch Everything
|Auditory (Listening)||Speech, Language Development, Memory, Comparing Sounds, Associating sounds with Letters, Numbers, Musical Notes, Attention.||Lack of Speech, Poor Listening Skills Remembering, Reading, Inattention|
|Vestibular||Development of Balance, Coordination, Eye Control, Attention, Feeling Secure, Emotional Security, Language||Inattention, Coordination, Following Directions, Reading, Eye-hand Coordination, Immature, Language Skills|
|Visual (Seeing)||Academic Achievement, Reading, Proficiency at Work, Athletic Performance||Loss of Place while Reading, Skipping Words or Lines on a Page Poor Athletic Performance Words Move Around on Page Reduced Comprehension Reduced Perceptual Fields|
|Proprioception||Knowing Where Muscles & Joints Are in Space and How They Are Moving, Required Input from Tactile & Vestibular Systems||Clumsy, Falls, Stumbles, Is Aggressive Walks on Toes, Constantly Chewing, Difficulty with Motor Planning, Messy at Mealtime|
In the past, many therapies have used single sensory inputs. It has now been shown that multi-sensory input yielded responses that were significantly greater than those evoked by the best single component stimulus.
An intervention involving sensory- motor integration with an emphasis on proprioceptive and vestibular senses significantly improved attention deficits, hyperactivity and impulsivity in the studied population.
We do not perceive sensory events as singular events. Sound, touch, sight, taste, smell, proprioception, and vestibular information, all interact to form the learning experience. Behavior and cognition develop through the integration of sensory information.
When sound and touch were activated simultaneously, the activation of the auditory cortex was strongest. Tactile and auditory stimulation simultaneously may positively impact neuroplastic changes in individuals with neurological deficits or impairments.