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This system, which also houses one's vestibular system, refers not only to our ability to hear but our ability to listen and understand the information given to us from our environment.

FLOOR TIME/DIR (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based)
“A model of addressing a child’s developmental challenges through relationship and affect, focusing on the child’s individual differences, and developmental levels (a child’s ability to stay engaged, express mutual pleasure and attention, to engage in complex problem solving and symbolic play, and to link ideas). The cornerstone of the DIR model is “Floortime.” 

A warm, intimate way of relating to children. A DIR/Floortime philosophy means engaging, respecting, and getting in tune with children in order to help them elaborate through gestures, words, and pretend play what is on their minds. DIR/Floortime is a process that can be used to help support children’s emotional and social development. 
During Floortime sessions, the emphasis is on following the child’s lead and playing at the child’s developmental level. 

The goals are:
• Encouraging attention and intimacy 
• Facilitating two-way communicating 
• Encouraging the use of feelings and ideas 
• Logical thought” 

This system refers to one’s ability to process and discriminate taste.



An evidenced based engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills with both children and adults. 

The ability to formulate, organize, and execute an idea into an action.

This system refers to our ability to perceive and process smells from our environment.

Through the use of our muscles, ligaments and joints this system helps us know about our body position and movement without the use of our visual system. We gain this information through “heavy work” and movement to let us know where our body is in space.

A sensory diet is created from a child’s unique, individual “Sensory Profile.” It is a means of feeding sensory experiences into a child’s life on a daily basis.

An explanation of how a child is taking in and processing information through their senses both individually and integrated. This is created by an Occupational Therapist after a child has had an evaluation.

This system provides one with information about his/her environment through the use of one’s skin receptors. We internalize this information to be able to help us know when to protect and/or discriminate when needed.


"Therapeutic Listening® is an evidence-backed protocol that combines a sound-based intervention with sensory integrative activities to create a comprehensive program that is effective for diverse populations with sensory challenges. Therapeutic Listening can impact sensory modulation, attention, behavior, postural organization, and speech and language difficulties. Trained therapists learn to use modulated CDs to set up programs for clients in homes, schools and clinics. Listening is a function of the entire brain; when we listen, we listen with the whole body."

This system provides one with information needed to know where one’s body is in space through his/her inner ear. Information from this system lets us know three things: our relation to gravity, whether we are still or moving, and the speed and direction in which we are going. It also has strong neurological connections with one's visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive, and limbic systems.

“Vision is the ability to get meaning from eyesight.” KidTherapy 9/99 This system has two important purposes:
Perception: The ability to perceive and take in information from one’s environment through his/her eyes.
Motor accuracy: The ability to produce an accurate image, which is used to understand his/her environment.

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