Sensory Integration difficulties
One of the responsibilities we have as health professionals is the need to continually update our skills and thinking. In understanding the best approaches across all fields, Occupational Therapists are not hindered by the requirement to devote all their continuing professional development to one particular field. Having access to this very broad training means we can appraise clients, patients and service users with a much wider field of vision, thus avoiding a reductionist approach to their experience. We don't ever seek to reduce someone to a label, or fit them neatly into a box. We embrace the chaos and complexity!
To that end we've been looking at Sensory Integration Difficulties, a key aspect of autistic children and adults, or anybody that has difficulties with under or over stimulus they receive from their environment.
It's a fascinating field, and it can be taken to Masters level and or specialisation as a Specific S.I. Therapist, but that is a significant investment of time and money of course!
What this does allow is that when we are assessing and interacting with our clients, we can look for other clues, more information and raise questions about why things are the way they are, suggest proper appropriate interventions or referrals and give the client far more choice, insight and options to live the life they want.