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Sensory Integration in Neurodiversity-affirmative Therapy

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration refers to the process by which the brain organises and interprets sensory information from the environment. In neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, recognising and supporting individual sensory experiences is important for promoting well-being and functional independence.

Sensory challenges

Many individuals, particularly those who are neurodivergent, experience sensory processing challenges that can impact daily life, emotional regulation, and social interactions. Examples of sensory processing challenges include hypersensitivity to sounds, difficulty with certain textures, and an overwhelming response to bright lights. These issues can affect daily activities and emotional well-being.

What is sensory integration?

Sensory integration is the process by which the brain organises and interprets sensory information from the environment, turning it into appropriate motor and hebavioural responses. This concept is especially important in neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, which prioritises understanding and accommodating individual sensory needs.

Relevance and benefits in therapy

In neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, sensory integration practices are adapted to respect and support each person’s unique sensory profile. Emphasising sensory integration can help improve focus, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall quality of life for neurodivergent individuals.

Therapeutic approach

Therapists incorporate sensory integration by assessing each individual’s sensory profile and creating specialised interventions that support their unique needs. This approach helps traverse their environments more comfortably and confidently.

Support practices

Various methods and tools are used to support sensory integration in therapy, such as sensory-friendly spaces, weighted blankets, and specific exercises designed to improve sensory processing.


What is sensory integration in neurodiversity-affirmative therapy?
Sensory integration in neurodiversity-affirmative therapy helps individuals process sensory information, supporting their unique sensory needs to improve focus, reduce anxiety, and enhance well-being.
How does occupational therapy support sensory integration in neurodiverse individuals?
Occupational therapy uses personalised sensory integration practices and tools like weighted blankets to help neurodiverse individuals manage sensory sensitivities and conduct daily activities comfortably.
Where can sensory integration therapy sessions take place?
Sessions can be conducted in various settings, including home, school, and online environments, offering flexibility to suit individual needs.


  1. Sensory Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  2. The Role of Sensory Integration in Neurodiversity
  3. Sensory Integration and Quality of Life
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