We have known about the positive effects of multi-sensory integration for children with diverse abilities (including autism spectrum disorder / ASD) for some time now.
More recently, researchers have been studying the outcomes of multi-sensory interventions with other populations, including adults with Alzheimer's and with children and adults who have experienced trauma. Not surprisingly, the results are promising.
Multi-sensory integration focuses on internal sensations and experiences: interoception, proprioception and vestibular, rather than only cognitive or emotional understanding. (Scroll for video and flyer.)
Often called "somatic experiencing" in the therapy-world, multi-sensory activities (jumping, bouncing, landing, touching, seeing, smelling and experiencing one's body in a safe and controlled environment) can help children, teens and adults:
- gain options for sensory seeking - assist with mood and attention - acquire new gross and fine motor skills - improve coordination - develop muscle strength - improve safety awareness - increase positive sense of self - promote stable posture - increase stamina - experience the interaction with their body and the environment in a safe and healthy way - reduce stereotypical behaviors - promote self-regulation - acquire new skills - increase confidence - improve body awareness and balance - get energy out
FCCS is directed by Melinda Haynes, MA, California LMFT 102308. Oklahoma LMFT 1153. North Carolina LMFT 2143.