Feature Friday: Sensory Solutions
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Sheree Behrndt, owner and founder of Sensory Solutions. I was honestly blown away to see first hand what they do, and to learn more about kids sensory issues.
I tend to think of sensory disorders in the extremes, someone who is severely autistic is the first that pops into my mind. But as I sat and watched Sheree teach a 3-year old, who had a birth defect in her esophagus causing her to be fed through feeding tubes up til now, how to chew and swallow, I began to learn the range of issues that Sensory Solutions deals with.
The body’s sensory system is how we walk, talk, eat…it is everything. It controls our vision, our balance, our taste. But, like any other neurological pathway in our body, it can misfire or become blocked. And when one part of our senses are impacted, the rest can struggle too. The list below are some of the common issues that are actually related to our sensory systems.
As a first time parent, it is hard to know what is “normal” or just a phase and what is maybe pointing to a larger problem. Sensory Solutions can help you decipher which is which!
Sensory Solutions has 35 therapists, ranging in specialties like physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapy. You can find Sheree and Sensory Solutions HERE!
Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want to start Sensory Solutions?
I saw the need for pediatric therapy in the area with the growing number of children born with developmental delays
What excites you the most about your work?
It is honestly the most rewarding career anyone could ask for. To make a difference in a child/ family’s life that will last a lifetime is priceless
What is your biggest challenge?
Without a doubt, Insurance reimbursement and consistent staffing of therapists
Tell us about your family
I have been a single mother for nearly 15 years. I have raised two sons, Brock and Chase. Brock is 25 and in grad school in the state of Washington. He will graduate in June. Chase is 20 and goes to school and plays football for West Virginia University
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
To have incredible coordination as I am the furthest thing from coordinated
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
If you feel in your gut that something is not right, you are most likely correct. Do not hesitate to get help even if you are hearing that child will outgrow this. The window between 0-3 years old is key and where we can make the largest changes neurologically. Do not miss this window due to denial or lack of support. Get your child help that they need as soon as you can