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Are You An Avoider or Seeker? Sensor or Bystander?


Avoider or seeker? Sensor or bystander? When a speech-language therapist identifies a patient's sensory pattern, it helps to customize treatment plans and can help maximize a patient's communication outcome, as noted by Jessie Ginsburg, M.S., CCC-SLP, and founder of the Pediatric Therapy Playhouse.

Occupational therapist Winnie Dunn's sensory processing framework (DSPF)—is a valuable model for identifying each patient's pattern. By modifying the environment, adapting routines, and using sensory strategies throughout therapy sessions, therapists can help patients reach and maintain an optimal state of regulation, facilitating learning and communication. Therapists can also use this framework to help clients develop one of the most essential skills of all—self-advocacy. They can help children, from a very young age, understand and communicate their sensory needs, equipping them to advocate for themselves. Learn more!

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