“The difference the Murphy Foundation has made and continues to make is amazing: on children with sensory integration difficulties, on their families, and on the therapists that work with them. In 2006, we first proposed the idea of Sensory Integration care packages—toys and therapy items—that families could use to continue a home therapy program. These unique tools help calm sensory input so children can learn to process information better, build self-esteem and progress in their education. Since then, the Murphy family’s grants helped thousands of children learn to integrate sensory data and enjoy improved functioning.”— Christine Marten, M.A., CCC-SLP, Manager,
Pediatric Rehabilitation Therapies Department,
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
Children with Sensory Integration (SI) problems have difficulty in simple functioning, such as balance and swallowing. They may be afraid of swings, playground equipment, be hypersensitive to loud noises, and have aversion to certain textures or smells. At the core of these difficulties is trouble integrating sensory data into their nervous system: sounds, sights, touch, taste, and smell.
Without the therapeutic equipment and home-based tools provided by The Murphy Family Foundation, occupational therapists would be severely limited. Supported by them, children discover new possibilities of functioning they would not have developed otherwise.