Sensory integration is the use of sensory stimulations that will enhance an individual’s sensory input, motor output, and sensory feedback. Sensory integration is crucial due to the significant role it plays in a child’s ability to participate in daily life. This integration aims to advance neurologically based sensory processing. It can be achieved through different activities, such as sand/water tables or stress balls that accommodate certain sensory deficits. Students with Autism often require sensory integration within the classroom due to their challenges with sensory input. Students with Autism can experience sensory difficulties ranging from unresponsiveness to overly hyperactive. Their struggles with sensory processing can affect their ability to perform well in school and maintain social relationships with their peers. Therefore, sensory integration provides individualized opportunities for students with Autism to become familiar with varying forms of sensory input. The effective use of sensory integration within a special education classroom setting can provide these students with significant benefits. This will result in higher functioning within their classroom environment.
Hoch, Caitlin and Cooke, Rachel, "The Benefits of Sensory Integration for Students with Moderate to Severe Autism (Grades 1-2) in a Special Education Classroom Setting" (2019). Academic Festival Posters. 88.