Sensory Assessments (OT)
Our sensory systems are important for taking in information to our brain from our daily life and deciding what to do with it. It is an important system to assist with processing the world and responding appropriately to our environments. Sometimes those diagnosed with Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other disorders can have difficulty in managing and coping with everyday sensory inputs. Different processing profiles can impact our behaviors and interactions with environments and people.
Those who have sensory difficulties may display:
- Aversions to sounds
- Restricted diet
- Constantly seeking movement and touch
- Not noticing sensations or instructions
- Difficulty with clothing or touching textures
- Sensitivities to light and sound
- Is distracted easily
- Strong or low reactions to pain
A Sensory assessment entails a questionnaire and interview with the client, caregiver (and teacher if the client is at school). The results can show sensory processing patterns in terms of strengths and difficulties.
Recommendations for particular issues at home or school, can be included in a report outlining the assessment findings.
This assessment can be used for toddlers, children, teenagers and adults.