In 2004, our IPP clinic was working with a number of mildly autistic students.
We were receiving referrals from a psychologist who offered sound therapy based on the work of the French physician Tomatis. All of the autistic students he tested had auditory processing issues – some of them quite severe. The psychologist was open to the benefits of IPP for his clients because he understood how improvements in auditory processing deficits need to be built on the foundational skills of sensory-integration. He had seen that for sound therapies to be fully effective long-term, a strong vestibular system is required.
One of the referrals, whose parents could not afford the Tomatis therapy, came to us.
Shawn was in fourth grade when we first tested him with SOI and IPP. The cognitive results showed that he had both above average and below average scores. His IPP scores were quite an eye-opener. With perfect 20/20 vision for both distance and close-up, his vision screening showed all his scores at the severe level. He also had poor balance and cross-over.
In SOI/IPP classes, Shawn enjoyed most of his modules or brain exercises. Not surprisingly, he struggled with most of the sensory-integration and vision exercises. Fortunately, his parents were patient with the time needed to develop each of the physical exercises to a mastery level. He took twice as long as most IPP students to complete. It was worth the time invested! Continue reading “SOI/IPP Success for a Student on the Autism Spectrum”