WE PLAY, formerly known as Sensawee Play, was founded in 2003 by Florie Glusman, OTR/L. Florie received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She has been providing her services in local pediatric therapy clinics since 1997.
Florie's dream to open up her own inclusive Pediatric Therapy Clinic became a reality with WE Play. WE Play’s innovative, calm, playful environment is enjoyable for both the families and children who we serve.
We specialize in services for infants, children, and teenagers. We hold our therapists to the highest of standards and their commitment to each child is at the heart of what makes this clinic come alive. All of our therapists keep up with the latest therapeutic protocols, allowing us to stay on the cutting edge.
During your child's evaluation process we make sure that each child is placed with a therapist that will develop a positive relationship with both you and your child.
Most importantly we strive to make you, the caregiver, the best “therapist” your child can have.
Why follow a child's lead?
"That's our ultimate goal for entering their shared world to help them be empathetic, creative, logical, reflective individuals."
- Stanley Greenspan, MD
WHAT IS SENSORY INTEGRATION?
Sensory Integration (SI) is a term used to describe how our bodies absorb, integrate, and output information given to us from our environment.
One needs to appropriately be able to interpret and output specific information from each of our seven sensory systems:
• Vestibular (body awareness)
• Proprioceptive (body awareness)
• Visual (see)
• Tactile (touch)
• Olfactory (smell)
• Auditory (listen/hear)
• Gustatory (taste)
It is important to recognize that one’s individual sensory systems need to be working to their fullest before being able to integrate with other senses. The ability to integrate this information in the brain allows for body organization and regulation, motor planning, and academic learning.
Many of us we have learned to use the information given to us through our senses effortlessly and subconsciously. As a result we are able to explore and understand our world. On the other hand for those of us whom have difficulties processing our sensory systems this can make everyday tasks such as playing, attending, 'listening', handwriting, physical activities, sitting in a classroom, and learning are compromised and therefore require more attention and assistance. One needs these underlying neuronal connections for multi-step processing and higher academic learning.
Sensory Integration is based off of the works of Dr. Jean Ayers, Occupational Therapist, who was passionate for understanding how sensory processing and motor planning disorders interfere with daily life function and learning.
TAKING SI ONE STEP FURTHER..........
The ability for one to regulate and process information their body is receiving from their environment, is the foundation for two-way-communication and social play. Having a child to be able to first regulate his/her own body prior to being able to climb the relationship based developmental ladder is important and offers one the ability to not only relate to ourselves but to those around us.