What is sensory integration?
Some children can struggle with the sensations around them. This, in turn, can make it hard for children to learn, play and make friends.
Children with sensory difficulties can present with a range of behaviour such as:
- Screaming, holding their hands over their ears, hiding, running away, physical aggression in response to noises, touch, light and so on.
- ‘Always on the go’! Increased need to move – running, spinning, jumping, climbing.
- Inability to sit still in school when needed.
- Selective eating of only a few foods (colours, textures, shapes – particular brands of food, packaging etc.)
- Struggle to tolerate toothbrushing, nail cutting, hair washing, certain clothes or being touched. Children can typically have a high pain threshold so may not notice when they hurt themselves.
- Easily distractable, struggling to concentrate on what is being said.
- Clumsy, disorganised, finds P.E. lessons hard, struggles to get dressed in the right order, follow multiple instructions or problem solve how to do a new task.
For further information please see our Sensory Integration Fact Sheet.
We offer sensory training for both parents and professionals – further information about this can be seen here.
We can provide sensory assessments for children. These can sometimes be asked for as part of your child’s assessment for an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). Assessment of a child’s needs using observation and specific assessments can help identify difficulties and from this we can explore possible solutions and coping strategies.
Please contact us if you would like a sensory assessment for your child.
If a sensory assessment highlights specific sensory difficulties, sensory integration therapy can be used to help treat the child’s nervous system to cope with sensory input.
Our basic sensory assessment usually consists of :
- A parent/ carer interview and completion of sensory questionnaire
- Clinical observations of your child
- Feedback session
- A sensory report
This report then belongs to you and the findings can be shared with who you choose, such as your child’s school, paediatrician and therapists.
If, after completion of the assessment, you would like further sensory integration intervention, this can be arranged for an additional fee.
Click here to contact us to arrange a sensory assessment or request a quote for this.