Sensory Integration

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Sensory Integration

“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



The SI Care Package makes it possible for families to continue to provide effective therapy for their child at home. Without the ability to do home exercises, children may progress more slowly and take much longer to apply new skills to their home and school environments. The program serves 100 children annually.

The SI Care Package makes it possible for families to continue to provide effective therapy for their child at home. Without the ability to do home exercises, children may progress more slowly and take much longer to apply new skills to their home and school environments. The program serves 100 children annually.

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.

The Murphy Foundation Welcome Rehab Bags provide comfort and hygiene necessities for children who don't have them. Items include: stuffed animal, soft purple blanket, shampoo, toothbrush/paste and a tote bag.

The Murphy Foundation Welcome Rehab Bags provide comfort and hygiene necessities for children who don’t have them. Items include: stuffed animal, soft purple blanket, shampoo, toothbrush/paste and a tote bag.

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.