Dyspraxia and Sensory Integration

We have five senses.

  1. Touch (Tactile)
  2. Vision (Sight)
  3. Auditory (Auditory)
  4. Taste (Gustatory)
  5. Smell (Olfactory)

You can read more about this here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense

But we also have a 6th and 7th sense we rarely talk about.

6. Vestibular or Movement

7. Proprioceptive or How we feel ourselves in space.

The vestibular sense is exactly how it sounds.  It is all about movement. The idea is that with the increase of movement the mind is allowed to think better & organize itself in such a way to integrate the senses because of that movement.  We see this happen naturally as children generally start talking & walking around about the same time.  Children with apraxia of speech can speak more easily while moving on swings and children with ADHD can focus better while moving on therapy ball chairs.  You can read more about the vestibular sense here:   https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestibular_system

The proprioceptive sense is more about understanding where your body is in relationship to space or the environment surrounding you.   This sense allows us to fluidly get on a bike an ride it without thinking about it.  It helps us to braid our hair behind our backs in a mirror or even without a mirror.  It tells us how to motor plan our bodies through doorways and where to place our bodies as we sit on chairs.  These senses are important. But the way they work together is even more important.   It is essential for both of these senses to work together to do the things in every day life that we do without thinking or that are automatic. You can read more about the proprioceptive sense here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception

Dyspraxia is a condition that is created by the imbalance of all of the things I’ve listed above.  It is defined as the following:


You can read more about dyspraxia here:


But understandably the senses play a role in this.  They play a role in how we live and understand everyday life.

Sensory Integration is key to a balanced CNS. Dyspraxia is an imbalance of these things.  As well as is Apraxia of speech. Sensory Integration is the ability of all of your senses to work together seamlessly and automatically to optimal performance.

More about that here:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_processing

Where can we receive sensory integration? Through a licensed occupational therapist who practices the technique.   Check the credentials.   Saying you use sensory integration methods is not the same as studying it and receiving a degree.

The main point of this post is to recommend a book I feel everyone should read. Many of you have heard me post about it a thousand times.  That’s because I feel it’s important.  I read many questions online that can be answered simply by reading the book I’m recommending to you.  It’s called Jean Ayres Sensory Integration & the Child.  Best book you’ll ever read.  Here’s a direct link to amazon.

Amazon: Jean Ayres Sensory Integration & The Child


And that’s all for now folks.