Accompanying Conditions  Sensory Integration Dysfunction (DSI)

Sensory Integration Disorder/Dysfunction (DSI) - "Sensory integration, simply put, is the ability to take in information through senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), to put it together with prior information, memories, and knowledge stored in the brain, and to make a meaningful response.

Sensory integration is responsible for such things as coordination, attention, arousal levels, autonomic functioning, emotions, memory, and higher level cognitive functions. Sensory integrative dysfunction is a disorder in which sensory input is not integrated or organized appropriately in the brain and may produce varying degrees of problems in development, information processing, and behavior." (from the Sensory Integration Resource Network).

Also see the topic Occupational Therapy in Education Station.


Sensory Integrative Dysfunction in Young Children by Linda C. Stephens, MS, OTR/L. FAOTA reprinted with permission from AAHBEI News Exchange, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1997.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sensory Integration, from the Sensory Integration International website

Books and Products:

Making Sense of Sensory Integration, 2nd Edition
Books for Parents, teachers and children

Books about occupational therapy and sensory integration

Sensory products that our parents recommend


SPD Network


Ayres Clinic

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