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Sensory Assessment


A Sensory assessment would consist of assessing how your child copes with the ever growing load of sensory information that enters their senses on a daily basis. Through analysis of the behaviours the child demonstrates under stress the therapist can help deduce why they may be misbehaving.

Where and how is it completed?


The Sensory assessment is an assessment that can take place in clinic, at home or in school. It will be completed by an occupational therapist through an observation of the behaviours and movements the child shows in relation to the sensory input they are receiving.

What problems may be suitable for a Sensory assessment?


Below is a list of some the common problems that are suitable for an Sensory assessment:
  • Easily distracted by noises/smells
  • Rocks/shakes
  • Flings limbs around
  • Spinning
  • Over sensitive to light
  • Difficulty holding objects
  • Struggles to identify change in temperature
Conditions associated with a sensory assessment.

What will the Sensory assessment assess?


The occupational therapist will use the Sensory assessment to gain a better insight into how your child perceives the sensory environment and how this affects your child during day to day life, both at school and at home. This would include a detailed discussion and practical assessment of how sensory difficulties are impacting on function, and provide reasons why this could be.

Impact on the school environment
A school has one of the most overloaded sensory environments than any other environment. This can be extremely overwhelming for any child, the sensory assessment would look at the classroom, the atmosphere and help available at school for your child. To cope with the level of sensory information received at school, your child may have developed behaviours that are used to calm their own sensory system. These could be shouting, rocking, or finding somewhere quiet.

Impact on the home
The Sensory assessment will also assess the input your child is receiving at home. For example, In a loud, busy home environment, a child may struggle to take in information, concentrate on a task or partake in family activities.

Social/Behavioural implications
Children with sensory difficulties may express bad behaviour, or behaviours that are socially unacceptable in order to cope with sensory information. This assessment would help identify these and provide strategies that can be used to manage this.


What information will I receive following an Sensory assessment?


Following an assessment, the therapist would first, explain the outcome of the assessment and how this is impacting function. If required you can request to receive a Sensory report based on the findings of this assessment. This will contain a detailed analysis of the impact the condition is having on your life, a treatment plan and recommendations that will improve your daily living.

Treatment following a Sensory assessment

  • Sensory Integration
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Education and advice to parents and schools
  • Sensory play

Summary


In summary the Sensory assessment would consider how the environment is impacting on your child's behaviour across all aspects of their life, most notably, the direct effect the condition has on the difficulty, time taken and ability to complete important meaningful daily occupations.

If you would like a Sensory assessment or want to talk about any of the problems above then please email office@otforkids.co.uk or call us on 0330 223 0888

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OT for Kids have been a great help in aiding my son Jake with coping with his dyspraxia both at home and in school. They came out to our house and completed the assessment at home.

The assessment and report proved beneficial in our discussions with Jake's school and we are very pleased with the outcome the report has helped us achieve.
Jackie, parent.
At our school, there are many children who have difficulty forming letters correctly, concentrate or perform well in P.E, which can impact greatly on their learning. With the support and OT Groups available from OT for Kids, these children have made great progress and are now at a level which is not so concerning. As a teacher and SENCO, I thoroughly enjoyed working (and learning) from the Occupational Therapist.
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As a case manager, I regularly deal with many private companies. I found OT for Kids to be highly professional, reliable and provide me with flexible appointments that suited both me and my clients. The OT completed a comprehensive assessment and report, which was not only clear, concise and an accurate reflection of the difficulties, but it was returned to me quickly.
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