The Sensory Learning Program is a 30 day, drug-free, multi-sensory approach to developmental learning. Light, sound and motion are carefully coordinated to stimulate the visual, auditory and vestibular (parts of the inner ear that help coordinate movement and balance) systems. By simultaneously stimulating these systems, we challenge them to work together and adapt to multi-sensory input. As a result, new neural/brain connections are created which allow sensory information to process more efficiently resulting in functional improvement in:
- Social Interaction
- Gross and Fine Motor Coordination
- Ability to Learn
The results can be life-changing!
People who are experiencing
- Aggression, behavior or learning problems
- Over sensitivities to sound, textures, touch
- Inability to focus
- Poor balance and coordination
- Speech and language delays
- Self-stimulatory behaviors
- Picky eating tendencies
- Anxiety, depression
Although having a formal diagnosis is not needed to be able to participate in The Sensory Learning Program, we typically see individuals that have been diagnosed with:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
We work with all ages from toddlers to seniors.
The Sensory Learning Program is a 30-day intervention. It consists of two 30 minutes sessions per day for a child and one 60 minute session per day for teenagers and adults. This continues for 12 consecutive days including weekends and some holidays. During each session, the individual is lying on a table that gently moves in a side to side or front to back type motion to stimulate the vestibular (parts of the inner ear that help control balance ) portion of the brain. While lying on the table the participant also listens to a therapeutic listening program through headphones to stimulate the auditory portion of the brain. Lastly, the participant looks at various colors of filtered light to stimulate the visual portion of the brain.
After 12 days of in-office sessions are completed, the participant finishes up the remaining 18 days at home. Maximum benefits in the vestibular and auditory therapy portions of the program can be achieved in 12 days. Light therapy, in order to have maximum benefits, needs to be administered for 30 days. This requires the participant to go home with a portable light instrument to continue the program with a 20 minute session each morning and evening.
Follow-up visits are completed at days 30, 60 and 90.
Did you know…
- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), published in 2013 details three types of ADHD. These include: mainly inattentive, mainly hyperactive and combined.
- Some symptoms of attention deficits include: making careless mistakes, not listening, trouble with organization, losing things, squirming in seat, non-stop talking and interrupting or intruding on others.
- These exact same symptoms are also seen in individuals of all ages who have: LEARNING-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS, SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER, UNDIAGNOSED ALLERGIES, FOOD SENSITIVITIES AND ALSO NORMAL CHILDREN UNDER AGE 7!
- Medication is typically prescribed along with modifications and counseling. Although beneficial for some, not as much for others if the causes of the symptoms are a result of vision issues, sensory processing disorder, allergies, food sensitivities or being a normal child under age 7.
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This little guy participated in the Sensory Learning Program last year. He came to us with numerous sensory processing issues that caused his parents and grandparents to be concerned with his development and how that would affect his ability to function within a classroom setting in the future. Not only did he steal our hearts he continues to have incredible, life-changing results! His mom recently shared this progress report:
“Today “K” had his OT evaluation…and guess what?! They declined him! It makes my heart happy! When I was filling out the questionnaire form I was getting teary eyed because a year ago my answers would have been the complete opposite. And (I realized) how much in denial we were in thinking he was a normal 2 year old then. So many of the questions made me sit back and think how much “K” has improved. When I was talking to the OT person explaining how he used to be, “K” looked up and said, “I do not have to cover my ears anymore”…my heart melted! The guy looked at him and said, “That’s great buddy!” We are so thankful for all you have done over this year for us and for loving our “K”. We were going to stop by to tell you in person, but he needed a nap.”
“L” reports he now likes school! Math is easier for him and at his last check-in he reports he has all “A’s” in his classes. His mom says that he is able to fall asleep so much quicker. It used to take him 1-2 hours but since completing the Sensory Learning program he goes to sleep right away and no longer needs to watch TV or play on his phone to become sleepy. Before the program anger was an issue — when “L” would get angry he would yell and slam things. Since completing the program L’s anger has decreased and when he does get angry he just pouts for a few minutes then gets over it quickly.
Since completing The Sensory Learning Program, we have noticed his anxiety has decreased. While this might seem small, he no longer is paranoid when thunderstorms are coming. Before, if we had a chance of bad weather coming in, he would be glued to the TV or internet. Now, he will pay attention but it doesn’t consume him. We’ve also noticed how much more outgoing he has become when we are at family functions. One of my aunts told me how big of a change she noticed in him and that he actually came up and gave her a hug – something he never did before. Of course there are more, but too many to name. Starting this I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be, to me “J” never had a big disability or problem, but something just wasn’t right and we never knew what it was. These may seem like little changes but how he feels has made it all worth it! For me to know he feels different and better makes my heart happy! We are anxious to see how he does now that we are ending the vision therapy portion of this. His eyes have made great improvements with tracking and J tells us how much easier it is for him to sound out words and blend them together. It’s wonderful to hear him say he can tell a difference. I have nothing but high hopes for continued improvements from this program. ~ J’s Mom
I am excited to see his “age” catch up with him. I used to look at him and say he didn’t act like a 5- year old. Now I can say that I feel his brain works like one of a 6- year old. He is more aware of his emotions and seems to be more outgoing during play. He has improved greatly with his coordination and balance. He is now pumping a swing by himself and swimming. He has also been practicing riding a two-wheeler! My son is getting along better with his brother and sister. He plays with them and even loves on his sister. He is actually asking for pictures with her. I am excited to see what is to come ahead as he continues on with vision therapy.
In the words of my dad, “He is learning like never before.” I finally feel like we are making progress with him instead of continually working on the same things over and over. The program has totally jump started him and is helping to get him back on track in the areas we were struggling in or had fallen behind.
The Sensory Learning Program offered at Brodie Optometry has been life altering not only for my son, but for our entire family. He has made significant strides in so many areas: speech, compliance, transitioning receptive language, and even some physical progress with balance and coordination. This program has been a positive experience overall and we are so thankful for the opportunity to complete it. He has come such a long way in a relatively short amount of time. We are excited to continue seeing more improvements over time and feel blessed with the outcome thus far.
We have seen significant improvement in several areas since completing the Sensory Learning Program. My son is relating better to peers. His self-confidence in social situations has drastically improved. He seems happier and more comfortable. He is able to communicate his feelings more easily and has a greater ability to calm himself. Overall, he seems more mature. The Sensory Learning Program has drastically changed our life!
I came to see Margie because I was having many issues with depression and it was starting to affect all aspects of my life. Other forms of treatment had not helped in the past. After therapy, my relationships with co-workers and family members are now much better. I am not in tears all the time! Things that bothered me that I thought were just normal, like not being able to go into loud restaurants or concerts without wanting to leave, changed for the better. I now can stay the whole time without getting cranky! My night terrors have pretty much disappeared. The best way to describe the whole experience is that before I was looking down a hole. Now all I can do is look up through the hole to the sky! I may have a bad day, but it doesn’t take over my life!
I could go on for days as to how incredible this program is! Honestly, anyone that has a child with comprehension/reading issues in the slightest, should consider Sensory Learning as their first choice for as a solution in helping their child. For two years my son’s teachers had noticed his struggle with comprehension and reading. They thought tutoring and reading more would help. However, it did not help in the classroom or with the state practice testing. I was a concerned mom that would do anything to help my son so he could enjoy school and not struggle academically. I knew he was really smart. After getting tested, his results showed he was left ear dominant as opposed to right ear dominant and that was causing problems with his ability to process information. Margie, the therapist, explained the science behind it and then it all made sense to me. My son is in the 3rd grade and went through the program in August of 2017. Since completing the program he has earned A’s and B’s first and second quarter without any struggles. He feels motivated to earn these grades as well. He has passed the third grade state practice test which he could not last year or the year before. I also notice that his speech and depth of context and conversation is noticeably advanced and he does not struggle with mood swings and irritability like he did prior to completing therapy. I wish I could tell the world about this program! I can’t, however, my hope is that my testimonial will convince another parent that this will help their child with some of the same issues my son was having.
I am much more aware of when I am getting agitated and calm myself much easier. This program has helped me with my career, friendships and with my children.
My child’s participation in this program has caused amazing results! He went from having frequent anger outbursts, defiance and little concentration to becoming a different kid. He has more control of his anger and aggression now and can pay attention better at home. He is able to ignore distractions and is more willing to help out and is more compliant to our requests than he was before. Everything isn’t focused on how unfair life is because he has to help out or share the computer. He is much more willing to spend time with his little sister and seems to better grasp that he is a part of our family. Thank you for your help and all your time!