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.
We provide therapy for various trauma issues including absent parent, parent in prison, violence, witnessing violence, domestic violence, tragedy, murder,, witness to murder, grief, loss,, death, friend killed, violence in neighborhood, fear, first responder, vicarious trauma, nightmares, panic.