Sensory Processing Assessments

A sensory assessment can be used to help both adults and children who are experiencing aggression, behavioural problems and can sometimes be used as part of a diagnosis for a condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

For children and young people

Some children with sensory processing issues may experience behavioural difficulties, unexplained temper tantrums and could develop compulsive behaviours as a way of coping with the world around them, such as school and home. A sensory assessment can identify how a child’s behaviour is affected by their ability to process their senses.

Exploring the sensory processing issues they face, an assessment will make recommendations for treatment, allowing the family and school to make adaptations to reduce the sensory triggers for the child. These recommendations could include:

  • Adaptations to school or home environment
  • Training for teachers and parents to minimise sensory discomfort for the child
  • Sensory diet (individually tailored strategies throughout the day to meet the child's specific needs)

For adults

A sensory assessment may be helpful for adults who experience stress and anxiety, difficulty to understand emotional responses, sometimes present with aggression and behavioural problems.

People may experience problems in various areas, which would suggest that their sensory responses affect their behaviour. The typical areas affected are:

  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Activities of daily living
  • Accessing places
  • Pursuing leisure activities
  • Performing in workplace

 A sensory assessment will explore the sensory processing issues and make recommendations for treatment, allowing an individual, the family and work place to make adaptations to reduce the sensory triggers for the person. These recommendations could include:

  • Adaptations to work or home environment
  • Education for the person and/or other people involved
  • Sensory diet (individually tailored programme for the person to meet sensory needs)

 How do we do sensory assessments?

 

  1. A sensory assessment questionnaire would be sent out prior to an appointment. This would be completed by the child and their parent/carer
  2. The therapist would meet with the child and their parent/carer at a suitable location, which could be the home,  school or at one of our therapy rooms in Northampton
  3. The therapist would complete an observational assessment based on the child’s presentation and behaviours during a free play or structured clinical observations and will form the basis of the treatment recommendations:
    • prone extension
    • supine flexion
    • visual pursuits
    • protective extension
    • ramp arm movements

The sensory assessment report will be ready 1 week after the assessment.

Referral for a sensory assessment

You can request a referral through your GP or contact us and enquire about booking an assessment directly.  

1)      Screening assessment £250

  • Initial phone consultation and interpretation of sent assessment
  • Written report

 2)      Standard assessment £450

  • Observations at home and/or school
  • A range of standardised sensory assessments
  • Written report

3)      Complex assessment £750

  • Observations at home and/or school
  • A range of standardised sensory assessments
  • The Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT)
  • Written report
Mr Anand Annamalai

Mr Anand Annamalai

Advanced Occupational Therapist (OT) / Sensory Integration Practitioner

Specialist subjects:

  • Masters degree in Advanced Occupational Therapy
  • Post-graduate certificate in sensory integration
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Learning Disability (LD)
  • Brain injury
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Ms Malgorzata (Gosia) Zwicka-Rospond

Ms Malgorzata (Gosia) Zwicka-Rospond

Advanced Occupational Therapist / Sensory Integration Practitioner

Specialist subjects:

  • Masters degree in Advanced Occupational Therapy
  • Design, interpret, deliver clinical interventions
  • Wide spectrum of clients / clinical presentations
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