Mark Woodman, who’s 7-year-old son was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD), has a report in the latest Wired, as well as a blog diary, on the progress that the boy made since undergoing a month-long Sensory Learning Program in Boulder, Colorado.
The program, described on its website:
The Sensory Learning Program is a supra-modal approach to developmental learning that unites three modalities (auditory, visual and vestibular) into one 30-day drug-free intervention to improve perception, understanding, and the ability to learn.
Preceding the intervention, a listening profile and visual field measuring photocurrent are taken. These ‘perception maps’ help provide baselines that are used to customize the Program for the individual child. These evaluations are done throughout the Program to track improvement in sensory regulation.
The Sensory Learning Program is comprised of two 30-minute sessions each day for 12 consecutive days, including weekends and holidays. Each session is an individual sensory experience simultaneously engaging visual, auditory and vestibular systems to work in an integrated way. The repetitive sensory activation of each session builds on the session before.
After twelve days of sessions in the Sensory Learning Center International, the individual returns home with a portable light instrument to continue the program, with a 20-minute session each morning and evening for the next 18 days.