Hannah Gruber, M.M., M.MuED.
Crane School of Music
The terms “sensory integration” and “out-of-sync child” are heard more and more frequently these days. What do these terms mean? How do these problems manifest themselves? And, how can we, as teachers or parents, help enhance the lives of those affected?
Sensory integration is a term that was coined by Dr. A. Jean Ayres in the 1960s. In order for the body to react appropriately to its surroundings, the brain must form a combined picture of the information it receives. This constant relationship between behavior and brain function, or the way in which we each respond to and process sensations, is called sensory integration. Sensory integration also refers to motor planning, or body movement planning. For most people, this process occurs automatically and without hindrance. For others, the process…