Planned Sensory Integration Training

for kids 0-3 years

Built on the Ayres method (Sensory Integration Therapy), developed in Hungary by a Hungarian therapist. This therapy is a one and one program for kids with developmental delay of the nervous system which followed by home training.

Who is it for?
We recommended this therapy for kids with:
  • Delayed psychomotorical development
  • Delayed speech development
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention problem
  • Social problem
  • Difficulty of coordination of movements
  • Muscle tone problems
  • Autism
  • CP
  • Cognitive developmental delay
  • Delay of gross and fine motor skills, clumsiness

  • About the vestibular system
    The vestibular system is the structure of the nervous system which develops at the earliest age of life. It starts on the 10th week of gestation. It affects the movements of the foetus from the 16th week. The vestibular sense has to do with balance and movement and is centered in the inner ear. Each of us has vestibular organs located deep inside our ears. When we move our heads, the fluid in these organs moves and shifts, constantly providing us with information about the position of our heads and bodies in space (spatial awareness). This sense allows us to maintain our balance and to experience gravitational security: confidence that we can maintain a position without falling.
    A child with a well-developed vestibular sense feels confident and safe during movement activities, even if his feet are off the ground. He is able to start and stop movement activities calmly and with control.
    When a child’s vestibular system is not functioning correctly, he may be under responsive or overly sensitive to movement. He may either need to move constantly to feel satisfied or he may be fearful of movement because it makes him feel insecure and unbalanced. He may move in an uncoordinated, clumsy manner, bumping into things, falling, and never fully walking or sitting in an upright manner. As a result, he might have difficulty coordinating and planning motor tasks such as jumping jacks, skipping, catching a ball with two hands, or reaching across the center of his body (crossing midline), or even coordinating movements of the mouth, resulting in difficulty with speech production.

    What is this therapy about?
    If we stimulate the vestibular system the whole nervous system gets stimulated as well included the damaged parts of the brain. This therapy provides active and passive exercises which stimulates the vestibular system. The aim is to organize, normalize and coordinate the subcoortical brain processes to each other. The therapy is using planed active and passive movement tasks which are causing the vestibular stimulus. Which will affect the balance, the coordination, the posture Etc...?(See expected benefits below). .
    These tasks carried out using simple tools, like exercises ball, skate board, blanket...etc. Each exercises accompanied by rhymes and songs or play activities which is appropriate for the child age.
    After an assessment with the parents and the kids, the therapist write a detailed training for home with the exercises for the parents and teach them how to help and carry out the tasks, how many times they need to do it weekly etc. Weekly, bi-weekly controls follows the consultation, where the therapist take notes about changes and give further advice or make changes in the exercises if needed.

    Expected benefits of the training

  • The improvement of the balance
  • Normalization of the muscle tone
  • The improvement of the coordination
  • The posture develops
  • Positive effects of the eye movements (eye contact)
  • Social development
  • The improvement of the attention(focusing, attention span)
  • Beginning of vocalization
  • The improvement of the speech
  • Motor development ( the child starts to crawl, roll,etc...)
  • Decreasing of primitive (baby) reflexes
  • Acceptance of task situation, cooperation in task situation (autism)
  • Better coordination in space and time
  • Better bilateral coordination, domination of sides
  • Parent-child interaction improvement
  • This therapy is most beneficial at early ages.