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Sensory Integration Therapy

Training Program on "Sensory Integration Therapy, and Role of Environment as a mode for intervention”

The following training program was conducted to create awareness regarding what modifications could be made at home for the child to adapt to the home environment and outside.

Dr. Shriharsh Jahagirdar, Occupational Therapist, from Nair Hospital working as associate professor, through interactive session made the audience learn about importance of Sensory Integration Therapy and role of environment in child development and its effect on them. Various techniques that can be used at home environment to facilitate the child for reducing Sensory disfunctions were imparted with demonstrations and instances. Simple workable exercises were shown to train the caregivers to handle the child in home settings.

Topics included types of environments, human interaction with environment throughout life, environmental facilitators and barriers that affects children with physical and intellectual disability. Various videos emphasizing on the topic were shown and responses were evoked by parents.

Parents expressed their views in the group and sought relevance in their personal lives. Also, hypothetical test situations were given to understand concept of environmental facilitators and barriers. Ideas regarding appropriate bathrooms, living rooms, kitchen, seating, door widths etc. were discussed.

A actual hands-on to measure for seating arrangement, environmental auditing of the center right from the entrance to passage, toilets and therapy room was done by parents under the supervision.

At the end of the session parents learnt to inspect their own setting for their child's better functioning.

Overall, it was a great interactive session and good learning situation.