Sensorimotor therapy recognizes that our body and mind are interconnected, and that our physical experience can be a valuable tool for promoting emotional healing and regulation. By incorporating physical practices into therapy, clients can develop greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and a more positive sense of self.
This can be particularly helpful for autistic clients as it can support them in developing greater self-awareness and emotional regulation. Autistic individuals may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, and their emotions may be expressed in non-traditional ways, such as through physical tension, repetitive movements, or other sensory experiences.
Sensorimotor therapy can help develop greater body awareness and understand how physical sensations and movements are connected to emotions. By learning to tune into our body and understand the messages that our body is communicating, we can develop a greater sense of control over our emotional responses and behaviours.
In addition, this approach can be adapted to suit the sensory needs and communication styles of the client. For example, the therapist may use visual aids or incorporate sensory input into therapy sessions to help clients stay engaged and focused. By working with the body as well as the mind, clients can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their emotions, and develop strategies for managing their emotional experiences in a more adaptive way.