The Smile Center Based On The Care Of Patients With Neuroatypical Disorders

1338 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
It was discussions like these that caused practitioners, therapists, and Institutions dedicated to the care of patients with neuroatypical disorders to revisit their approach to effective treatment.
One such Institution - The Smile Center, an enrichment center based in NYC for children with SPD, made a push in recent years to find ways of combining all the therapy plans used in traditional OT that focus on touch, proprioception and vestibular sensory systems. This new idea incorporates technology in the form of listening and multi-sensory stimulation programs on CDs or the computer. One such program is called Interactive Metronome (IM) which works to improve the brains rhythm and timing which is essential for many bodily functions. A deficit in this area can affect attention, concentration, motor control, coordination, balance, gait and control of impulsivity.
Since Sensory Processing Disorder causes delays in the relay time of messages, the IM system therapy uses rhythmic sounds and beeps that are heard via the headphones that the patient must attempt to mimic and synchronize by clapping their hands or tapping their foot. Each time the patient is out of sync with the program, he or she hears guiding sounds in their right or left ear. If they are too early, they get a beep in the left ear; while a clap or tap too late will result in a beep in the right ear. There are also multiple different types of guiding and rewarding sounds, as well as visual feedback to encourage and…

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