What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction?
Sensory integration is the process of receiving information from the senses (sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing, and perception of movement and gravity); putting it together with memories, knowledge, and information stored in the brain; and making a meaningful response. A dysfunction in sensory integration (DSI) means a child cannot process and interpret the information correctly because his brain has problems analyzing and organizing the information from his senses in a unified way. This prevents him from forming a picture of who he is physically, where he is, and what is happening around him. Because sensory integration provides an important foundation for future complex learning and behavior, DSI can affect academic learning, motor skills, social skills, and self-esteem.