What makes The Sensory Path unique is the research behind what we have formulated. As a Special Education Teacher, Holly Clay, the developer of TSP, served a large percentage of students with Autism. She noticed when a child started losing cognitive functioning during the learning process it helped to give the child some sensory input. She began studying which series of movements seemed to offer the child the necessary proprioceptive and vestibular input so the child could refocus and attend which ultimately increased cognition and retention of new information. She saw a huge reduction of sensory seeking behaviors and an increase in cognitive functioning.
When a child with a sensory processing disorder such as Autism is in a general education classroom, their brain is trying to process several different things at once. From sitting up in the chair, the climate in the room, the other children next to them, the smells, the teacher talking, another child talking, the movements in the room, everything we usually can tune out, they are tuning into.
Imagine having a radio on really loud while trying to teach a child to read. It is nearly impossible, and you might even get a little anxiety, right?
The muscles tense, you might get agitated, start talking a little louder, maybe faster or slower, and then you can't even function to answer a question. What is happening to you is your body's response to a stimuli, but luckily you can turn the radio off, and your body adjusts.
Kids with sensory processing disorders can't just simply turn off the radio of their brain. They need a brain break. Their neurological pathways have essentially jammed, and must be cleared. By taking the sensory overloaded kid to our Sensory Path, they will complete a series of movements as they move through the path that are designed to release the blocked paths and allow the body and brain to refocus.
We have consulted with Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Autism Experts about the movements our Sensory Paths must include to reduce sensory need and not overstimulate the child. Our research has taken years to perfect, and we are now able to bring it to the market to help other children become better thinkers.
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