What is the Sensory Learning Program?
The Sensory Learning Program is an approach to developmental learning that unites four modalities (auditory, visual, proprioceptive, and vestibular) into one 30-day drug-free intervention to improve perception, understanding, and the ability to learn.
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Who is the Sensory Learning Program For?
This program is designed for people with:
- Unexplained Anxiety
- Difficulty in learning new things easily
- Difficulty with social skills
- ADD/ADHD symptoms
- Developmental delays
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Non-Verbal Language Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism
- Brain-Integration or Brain Balance Problems
Individuals have experienced improved:
- Perception (both speed and ability)
- Learning Abilities
- Processing Time
- Sleep Patterns
- Awareness and Attention
- Social Skills
How Does the Program Work?
Through the use of light, sound, and movement therapy that takes place on a comforting and inviting therapeutic table, the program helps people integrate the sensory messages they receive through sight, sound, and their body.
The Sensory Learning Program is comprised of two 30-minute sessions each day for 12 consecutive days. The repetitive sensory activation of each session builds on the session before.
After twelve days of sessions you go home with a portable light instrument to continue the program, with a 20-minute session each morning and evening for the next 18 days.
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What are the benefits of the Sensory Learning Program?
The overall benefits to our patients include improvement in perception of the world around them (more understandable and less scary), understanding instructions and what is expected of them in social situations, and the ability to learn new things. We often see specific improvement in processing time, light/sound/tactile sensitivities, picky eating patterns, sleep patterns, awareness and attention, speech, memory, expression, and social skills.
Who responds to this intervention?
People who tend to respond the best to this program are those who arrive with sensory overwhelm, unexplained anxiety, difficulty paying attention, sensitivities to light, sound or motion, delays in motor skills, irregular sleep/activity patterns, and sensory processing issues.
What’s unique about the Sensory Learning Program?
Most therapies concentrate on one, possibly two, treatment modalities at the same time. The Sensory Learning Program unites four modalities simultaneously (visual, auditory, proprioceptive, and vestibular systems) into one seamless and all-encompassing experience. This allows the brain to more efficiently and more quickly integrate those senses to provide a foundation for all future trainings.
Can it be too much stimulation at once?
Absolutely not, by stimulating the well-developed sensory systems along with the more disorganized sensory systems, the Sensory Learning Program provides an overall experience that is often gentler and more easily integrated than singularly focused interventions. Because we do not experience life by just seeing it or just hearing it, the Sensory Learning Program actually provides a more thorough approach to developmental learning than do individual therapies alone.
How long before you see results?
Subtle changes are often seen immediately. Many participants experience significant results during the initial twelve days. Others see changes in cumulative skills unfolding over the following weeks or months.
Are the benefits lasting or must the process be repeated?
Because the benefits gained are lasting, the Sensory Learning Program is typically a one-time intervention. Occasionally, patients will return for another round of treatment if they have suffered a brain injury such as a car accident, falling down the stairs, exposure to mold or other toxins, infections that have caused significant brain inflammation.
My child does not like to cooperate with other therapists, would the Sensory Learning Program work for him?
In most cases, yes. Since the Sensory Learning Program takes a noncognitive approach to brain integration, the only requirements are that your child be able to stay on a moving table (which rotates up and down a bit like a swing), keep a pair of headphones on his ears, and gaze at a light in a dim room. When his attention starts to lag, our technicians will be standing by to help bring his attention back to the light by using glow-in-the-dark toys and gentle reminders.
Can I get a trial run on the Sensory Learning Table to see if my child will be able to do the program?
Yes, in fact, we prefer that you or your child experience the Sensory Learning Program to ensure that it is a good fit. This occurs during the complimentary consult. Many times, we have difficulty getting people off of the table because they like it so much! Come and experience it yourself by calling the number above.
See what our past patients have to say about the Sensory Learning Program……
“My family says that I’m more attentive. I do seem to see more that I can help, and I actually help!” (David, 60)
“The biggest permanent change I experienced was that my balance is now able to function automatically, instead of having to manually control it. In general, I am finally able to intake new information and remember it more than just the short-term. While my headaches continue, they did improve with the program. I was having daily issues dealing with any input, now there are no outbursts and a lot more laughs. Healing is a lot more effective, and we are still seeing improved attention and accuracy as the time goes on. I now have hope of future independence!” (Allen, 20)
“The Sensory Learning Program helped us in many ways! We saw improvements in speech and language skills, and our son is now better able to communicate with us. He asks more meaningful questions and can tell us how he is feeling. His communication skills are much closer to age appropriate than ever before! We also saw improvements in behavior, and we feel that is due to fewer sensory processing issues. The Sensory Learning Program helped lessen visual and auditory processing deficits and that has led to less anxiety and frustration. Our son really enjoyed that home program portion too and tells us the light therapy helped make his head feel better (headaches). We would (and have) recommend the Sensory Learning Program to other parents! Although intense, the program brought about many positive changes in both medical and emotional health. When working with Dr. Thomas it is easy to see how much she cares about her clients, and she has put great time and effort into education and bringing these novel experiences to Tucson. We’re do glad we’ve been able to experience the Sensory Learning Program and would even consider taking part in a second-round treatment!” (Kristin: mother of Jackson, 12)
“This program really worked a ton of areas for me. Healing was faster for all my ailments being worked on. After the program and a bit during, my headaches went down, especially while reading and working on the computer. Some of my ailments that previously were thought to just be getting worse or were halted in healing finally started to improve. I still see continued potential gains despite having finished the program already a month a half ago. And believe it or not, this is much more concise and to the point than I have been in decades. I even remember a lot more than ever thought possible.” (Marie, 46)
“I liked it! The best parts were the toys. It helped our daughter to be more focused and happier! It helped our daughter to be able to focus on an activity as well as prep her for her vision therapy sessions. After the program we saw decreased outbursts, better attention span and increased in her visual skills. A great star for us!” (Amber: mother of Abbi, 7)
“I would highly recommend you guys to anyone. Connor started the Sensory Learning Program shortly after his third birthday. I can admit that I was very skeptical about going through the program with a three-year-old, but I am beyond happy that I decided to try it out. Connor had been in speech therapy for about a year at this time but still only had about 30-40 words that the average person could understand, due to a motor panning speech disorder (CAS). This also affected his fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Within the first month of starting the SLP program Connor had gained over 150 new words! Six months later he is over halfway to meeting all his IEP goals, more comfortable talking to people and in social situations, more coordinated, walking downstairs without help and jumping! He also can make up stories! The SLP gave him a huge leap in his skills and was a great addition to his therapies, I do not think he would have made such great progress without it.” (Samantha: mother of Connor, 3)
“Our experience was positive and joyful from beginning to end. We came in with little hope, stressed out parents, we felt like we had tried so many options for Nicky and there was little to no progress. Nicky came in stressed out, stuck stimming over and over, we were always on eggshells hoping he would not get upset. Throughout the program we immediately saw changes. He got calmer, stopped stimming, became more loving, he was able to handle activities better like the car ride and sitting at the table for diner. It is like we got our son back! He is more focused, and we can now try and work better on issues related to his autism.” (Nydia: mother of Nicholas, 9)