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12 Benefits of SIT for TBI

"Sensory Integration and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)"


Sensory integration is the ability to interpret and respond to sensory information from the environment, such as touch, sound, and movement. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can affect an individual's sensory processing skills, making it difficult for them to interpret and respond appropriately to sensory information.


Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) is a type of therapy that can help individuals with TBI improve their sensory processing skills. SIT may include activities such as swinging, climbing, and playing with textured objects to help individuals with TBI improve their ability to process sensory information.


Some of the benefits of SIT for individuals with TBI include:


  1. Improved Sensory Processing: SIT can help individuals with TBI improve their ability to interpret and respond to sensory information from the environment.

  2. Enhanced Physical Development: SIT utilizes activities and equipment that help individuals with TBI improve their balance, coordination, and gross motor skills.

  3. Increased Independence: SIT can provide a range of activities and equipment that can help individuals with TBI increase their independence by improving their ability to perform daily activities such as dressing and bathing.

  4. Reduced Stress & Anxiety: SIT can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with TBI to work on goals without added difficulty from stressors and anxieties in the environment. For example, equipment like weighted vests can provide sensory-based anxiety relief without social awkwardness.

  5. Improved Communication Skills: SIT can provide a variety of activities and equipment that can help individuals with TBI improve their communication skills. This is accomplished through the building of skills that include visual tracking and utilizing senses, such as “touching soft”, to explain the meaning of words and concepts.

  6. Enhanced Fine Motor Skills: SIT can provide opportunities to help individuals with TBI improve their hand-eye coordination and dexterity, which can be important for tasks such as buttoning a shirt or using a fork.

  7. Improved Attention & Concentration: SIT provides activities that help individuals with TBI practice focusing on a specific task or object.

  8. Improved Memory: SIT can provide a variety of activities that can help individuals with TBI improve their memory skills. For example, individuals can work on recalling information and following a sequence of steps.

  9. Improved Social Skills: SIT can provide a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals with TBI to interact with others and develop social skills.

  10. Improved Sensory Modulation: Sensory Modulation is how a person responds behaviorally to stimuli. SIT can help individuals with TBI improve their ability to regulate their responses to sensory input. For example, using a swing is a safe way to help individuals with TBI practice calming down after small levels of overstimulation.

  11. Enhanced Executive Functioning Skills: SIT can work to improve executive functioning skills, such as planning, organizing, and decision-making.

  12. Overall Quality of Life: SIT can help individuals with TBI improve their sensory processing skills, physical abilities, and overall functioning, leading to an improved quality of life.


SIT can be an effective treatment for individuals with TBI, helping them improve their sensory processing skills and enhance their overall development. It is important to work with a trained occupational therapist to design an SIT program that is tailored to the individual's needs and goals.


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