“It Takes a Village” The Benefits of a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Sensory Integration Therapy

December 5, 2019
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A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Sensory Integration Therapy


If you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, you know how important routines and familiarity are to them. We feel working with a team using the multi-disciplinary approach reduces the stress of working with multiple facilities and improves the overall results of your child’s care. Communication is vital for many aspects of life, and this is also true when it comes to professional collaboration for sensory integration therapy.

Therapists are often working with your child on a range of skills, not just one aspect of development. For example, a child may experience delays in their language and communication, social skills, play skills, and adaptive skills; requiring multiple therapists with different expertise. 


What is a multidisciplinary approach? 


A multidisciplinary approach involves therapists from multiple disciplines (speech, language, and physical) to be involved in the therapy and care of a child with the overall happiness, safety, and success of your child in mind. 


Why is a multidisciplinary approach effective?


When a multidisciplinary approach is used in therapy, the therapist will often collaborate with therapists who specialize in other disciplines, such as speech-language pathology or occupational therapy. This approach allows the child and parent to benefit from having the entire team under one roof. Collaboration assures that each aspect of your child’s care is working towards the same goal. Each therapist being part of the same team allows your child to be comfortable with the surroundings of one facility and have a team of therapists working in all facets of your child’s care.


A Speech Therapist  (ST) is a professional who works with patients who experience speech and language-related disorders, such as articulation issues or apraxia. Your child may work with a speech therapist in cases where they are experiencing delays in speech and language. While a speech therapist will provide the primary (and extensive) speech and language intervention services for the child, they will also be able to offer the other therapists working with your child helpful strategies for building communication skills in therapy sessions.

An Occupational Therapist (OT) will work with children who experience delays in the skills needed to complete daily occupations (or tasks). Your child may work with an occupational therapist if he or she is experiencing delays in coordination, fine or gross motor skills, or body movements. While the OT will be the primary therapist for building these skills, an OT will be able to provide helpful strategies that other therapists can incorporate in their sessions, since all of these areas are intertwined.


Physical Therapists (PT) are movement experts who optimize the quality of life through prescribed exercise and hands-on care. Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or improve their physical condition in order to achieve long-term benefits.


Collaborating with therapists who specialize in other disciplines can be extremely helpful in the overall care of your child. Since professionals in other fields have different strengths, they may approach issues in different ways. As the saying goes, “it takes a village,” and this can certainly be the case when it comes to sensory therapy. Every child is different, not everyone requires speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, but it may be helpful for all therapists to work with experts from other disciplines to create a well-rounded, comprehensive treatment plan.


Carolina Therapy Connection uses a multidisciplinary approach to your child’s care with a team of physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and educational specialists that work together to achieve the best results for your child.  Check out our entire team here!


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