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Integrating Body Awareness with Vision

The ability to maintain body orientation and posture in relation to the surrounding environment (physical and social space) is challenging for many children.  Mastering these skills represents a point of entry for most group and sports activities.  These sorts of activities tend to lead  to friendships and improved sense of self worth.  For children with sensory processing dysfunction, this point of integration represents a challenge that

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Vestibular Functions And SPD Part 3

One outcome of vestibular functions is spatial awareness. This skill may be defined as the ability to perceive the shape and position of objects in the environment and/or  the ability to appreciate the position of oneself in relationship to objects in the environment. The vestibular system stimulates the muscles of the eyes and ears so as to sharpen their ability to discriminate among sensory

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Vestibular Processing and SPD Part 1

What is Vestibular Processing? Vestibular processing may be defined as the ability to interpret and conceptualize data arising from  movement of the head in space.  The application of this information allows us to interpret the spatial orientation of objects around us. Why is Vestibular Processing Important? The ability to conceptualize the position of oneself in space affords emotional, psychological and physical safety commonly referred to

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Awareness of the Self in Space

Our knowledge about concepts such as body scheme, personal space, and near space perception has grown tremendously over the recent  years.  This has largely been due to a broad array of neurophysiological, neurokinesiological, and neuropsychological research evidence.  Bringing these concepts down to the practical level of function and intervention for the child with SPD can be daunting. However, given advances in fmri and DTI

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Use a swing to enrich learning skills

Parents: Because the vestibular system is one of our most primitive sensory systems, it is connected to other basic systems necessary for survival on a reflexive level. This means that your child does not even have to think about key responses when the vestibular system is activated. The vestibular reflexes serve to tie in vision, language and postural reactions on an automatic basis. This

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