Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

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  • Research Review: Sensory Integration

    Author Angela Barker

    Costes, T. (1997). Understanding sensory integration dysfunction and its impact on student performance [Electronic version]. New Hampshire Quarter Notes, 16(2), 3-5.
    Reviewed by Angela Barker, Ph.D.

    Sensory integration refers to the brain’s organization and interpretation of sensory information received from the body and the environment, enabling appropriate behavior and efficient responses to situations or events. Basic sensory information is acquired through touch, sound, sight, taste, and smell; as well as through movement and balance (the vestibular system) and muscles and joints (the proprioceptive system). As the brain instantaneously decodes and processes a constant deluge of sensory input, it filters that information according to what will solicit a response or reaction and that which will be ignored. The sorting through of sensory information is called sensory processing (Costes, 1997). In the featured study, Costes relates that the processes involved with sensory integration can be divided into…

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