The HANDLEŽ Approach to sensory integration is holistic, gentle, and effective.
This approach is based on an assessment of two basic components:
One: an individual's basic sensory system's capacities
Two: their unique strategies to use these capacities to achieve a task or activity that occurs in their life.
These tasks/activities range from the basics of walking through a room with out bumping into people, to reading, playing the cello, or organizing a meeting.
Once an individual's capacities and strategies are identified, activities that will strengthen their capacities are given by a HANDLEŽ practitioner for the individual to do briefly, on a daily basis.
Monthly assessment is made on the progress made in strengthening sensory systems, and on the status of the strategies a person is using to achieve tasks.
New activities are given as systems are strengthened to integrate and improve both sensory systems and strategies.
Susanna Reynolds is a certified HANDLEŽ Screener, and Intern. Please visit the website, www.handle.org, for more information about the HANDLEŽ approach to sensory integration and other learning challenges.
The approach at Seattle Sensory and Structural Integration is:
> To assess sensory systems using the HANDLEŽ Approach.
> Provide HandleŽ Activities to strengthen individual sensory systems and integrate them with other sensory systems in a balanced and need oriented manner.
> Work manually with the physical structural elements involved in order to balance the whole body with the function of the sensory organs.
>Work manually to reduce pain, stress, and discomfort in the processing of sensory information.
>Organize the cranial bones, cranial joints and cranial fluid with Cranial Sacral Therapy to make space physically for the sensory systems, allowing the natural movement of the cranial fluid to create the optimum movements for sensory input to be able to be organized.