Q: What is the SAVE Program?

A: SAVE stands for Sensory-motor,Auditory,Visual Education.It is an accelerated sensory integration program that stimulates five different senses simultaneously.This creates a comprehensive and more effective approach to retraining the sensory systems in a shorter period of time and at less cost.

Q: What is Sensory Integration?

A: Jean Ayres defined sensory integration as "the neurological process that organizes sensations from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment".This theory explains why individuals respond in a certain way to sensory input.

Q: Is Sensory Integration similar to biofeedback?

A: No.Biofeedback is a technique that is taught to control body functions,such as heart rate,blood pressure,muscle tension etc.Sensory integration is a program that designed to help optimize the senses,a fundamental way in which we take in and use information.

Q: What are the benefits of the SAVE Program over other forms of sensory integration?

A: Primarily,The SAVE Program combines five major senses at one time,touch (tactile), Sound (auditory), Sight (visual), Vestibular (movement and balance sense) and Proprioception (Joint/muscle sense) while many other programs focus on one sense at a time such as auditory therapy or visual therapy.Secondary,SAVE works faster than any other program.

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Q: Why is it important to target all five senses at the same time?

A: People use all their senses at one time to perceive and interact in their environment,not just one sense at a time.For example, it would not be very effective to try to learn to ride a bicycle blindfolded.A person uses their sense of sight, sound,touch and balance to learn and use this skill.The more of our senses we use and the more they function together is what enhances the learning process.That is why training multi-senses at the same time can not only help to develop each sense but also train them to work together more optimally.A better integration of the senses can help lay down a fundamental foundation from which awareness,perception,reasoning,judgment and knowledge can develop and grow.

Q: What if a person cannot do the sensory integration activities or follow the directions needed to benefit from the training?

A: The SAVE Program is automated and passive, requiring no effort on the part of the client.The participant does not need to do anything to benefit from the program.The sensory stimulation is provided to the participant when she/he reclines of the training chair,watches a screen that provides the visual therapy,listens to the special music for the auditory therapy and the chair gently moves in just the right pattern and speed to integrate the sensory-motor and tactile therapy.Because it is automated,it provides a consistent training to everyone which does not hinge on how well the staff teaches the activities or how well the participant performs them.

Q: What is Autism?

A: Autism,or autism spectrum disorder,refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills,repetitive behaviors,speech and nonverbal communication,as well as by unique strengths and differences.We now know that there is not one autism but many types,caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences.

Q: How common is Autism?

A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism's prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States.This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

Q: What causes Autism?

A: We know that there's no one cause of autism.Research suggests that autism often develops from a combination of genetic and non-genetic,or environmental,influences.These influences appear to increase the risk that a child will develop autism.However,it's important to keep in mind that increased risk is not the same as cause.For example,some gene changes associated with autism can also be found in people who don't have the disorder.Similarly,not everyone exposed to an environmental risk factor for autism will develop the disorder.In fact,most will not

Q: What are the symptoms of Autism?

A: Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterized by social-interaction difficulties,communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors.A person with Autism Spectrum Disorders might:

  • Not respond to their name

  • Not point at objects or things of interest

  • Not play "pretend" games

  • Avoid eye contact

Q: What should I do if I suspect my child may have Autism?

A: Don't wait.Talk to your doctor or contact your state's Early Intervention Services department about getting your child screened for autism.

Q: What does it mean to be "On the Spectrum"?

A: Each individual with autism is unique.Many of those with autism have exceptional abilities in visual,music and academic skills.About 40 percent have intellectual disability (IQ less than 70),and many have normal to above average intelligence.Because the effects of autism can vary greatly from one individual to another,individuals are considered to be "on the spectrum" depending on the degree to which they are affected by the disorder.

Q: How do I get my child the help he or she needs?

A: In addition to the Early Intervention Services mentioned above,it's important to make sure your child has a knowledgeable and reputable healthcare team.This means finding doctors,therapists,psychologists and teachers who understand have experience with autism and can respond to his shifting needs appropriately.

Q: Will my child be able to attend school?

A: Absolutely,In fact,it's a child's right:According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990,your child deserves access to a "free and appropriate" education funded by the government,whether it be in a mainstream or special education classroom.