Please join occupational therapist Heather Haggerty for a discussion about sensory integration and its relationship to student progress.
“Learning is dependent on the ability to take and process sensation from movement and the environment and use it to plan and organize behavior.” - Bundy, et al, 2002
Many children with developmental difficulties experience differences in sensory modulation (the ability to perceive incoming sensory stimuli and organize the information to produce an adaptive response).
Some of the signs of these difficulties are:
- Over- and/or under-reactivity to sensations such as textures, tastes, smells and/or visual experiences
- Difficulty organizing materials
- Difficulty or clumsiness with tool use
- Standing too close or too far from others during interactions
- Extreme emotional reactions and/or difficulty with transitions
- Tendency to watch (or sometimes avoid) peers rather than interact with them
- Seeming disinterest in play objects
- Tendency to jump from one activity to another
About the Presenter:
Heather Haggerty graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Business and from Temple University's Masters of Occupational Therapy program in 2006. She has worked primarily with the pediatric population in various settings including the neonatal intensive care unit, early intervention and with outpatient school-age children.
Cost: $15 (Check written to "Wilmington Montessori School") - free for WMS staff