Sensory Integration Therapists Pittsburgh PA

Local resource for sensory integration therapists in Pittsburgh, PA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to sand play therapy, physical exercise, auditory integration training, sensory stimulation, and inhibition techniques, as well as advice and content on sensory integration treatments.

Achieva
(412) 995-5000
711 Bingham St.
Pittsburgh, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Childrens Choices ESY Summer Camps
(412) 428-9700
112 3rd Ave.
Carnegie, PA
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Watson Institute
(412) 749-2889
301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Compounding Pharmacies, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Northwestern Human Services
7249424677 ext 35
1075 Waterdam Plaza
McMurray, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Family Behavioral Resources - Specialized Autism Services
(866) 4FB-RASD
8960 Hill Drive
North Huntingdon, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Pressley Ridge Day School for Autism
(412) 322-0140
Pittsburgh, PA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Multi-disability), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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The Early Learning Institute
(412) 922-8322
2110 Baldwick Road
Pittsburgh, PA
Support Services
Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Spectrum Charter School, Inc.
(412) 374-8130
4369 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Education, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
11-12 Grade

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AVID Learning Center
(724) 594-1090
AVID Learning Center
New Kensington, PA
Support Services
Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Viola Agostino Valletta
(724) 335-3696
2026 Logans Ferry Road
New Kensington, PA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Chiropractors, Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Sensory Integration, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Vaccines
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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To Stim Or Not To Stim?

To Stim Or Not To Stim?

Cynthia Carr Falardeau

We all do it. We have funny little ways that we settle our nerves or process the world around us. For many, like my son, taking in information can send him into overload.

You see many children and adults with Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities also often have Sensory Integration Disorders. This means the information they are receiving about their surroundings may not be accurate. In their effort to cope, they may do things to calm their nerves. These activities may range from flapping their hands, to rocking, to humming, to spinning, or to lining up their toys.

These behaviors may range from visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, taste and smell.

My son, like many, uses a combination. He will produce a verbal humming noise and run or walk in a pattern.It’s as if he is screaming, “Too much! Sensory overload… overload…overload!!!”

I have to say that at eight years of age it happens less frequently. However, it is not any easier to watch or to redirect him out of the haze.

As I note in the title of this piece, this behavior is viewed as an option. Observers may judge that you simply tell the child to stop the action. If only it were that simple for him. The reality of that statement is that it often heightens the actions.

To some extent you can redirect the child. But often, it is a matter of adjusting or changing the environment that is sending the person into overload.

I mean, think for a moment, what sends you into orbit?I know I have my list. As a hard working mother who juggles to balance work, home and my son’s intense therapy schedule, I have little patience for a certain group of moms. You know the ones. They have little to do other than to compare senseless gossip and brag to about who is, “Busy! Bus!, Busy!” I suppose it’s my problem but frankly, they make my teeth hurt.

I think the same is true for my son. Some situations are too much for him. So he finds a way to cope.

1. New and unstructured situations: We once had a school psychologist tell us that she didn’t think our son was Autistic. My husband and I almost burst into laughter. When we asked her why, she replied that she had never seen him exhibit any Autistic behaviors.After further discussion it as revealed that in structured settings our son’s stims were not present. When we enter a new setting or surrounds…it’s his way of making sense of sensory input.

2. Excitement: Think about when you are so excited you want to jump out of your skin. For our son, he will fixate on a phrase or repeat a series of activities. He will often repeat verbatim the instructions of a ride or a movie.

3. Certain situations send him into orbit: Flashing lights and loud music will either make him cover his ears or act out as a means of finding order.

4. Computer games and YouTube: Educational or not…these sources of media are often like crack cocaine to our son. We often have to limit his time with these mediums. If we ...

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