Sensory Integration Evaluations
This is to provide an up-to-date evaluation of a child or young person's current strengths and difficulties. We know that we are all individuals, and receiving a formal diagnosis can be a relief for families and carers; however it can sometimes lead to more questions around the best way to support the individual in the most effective way.
A diagnostic evaluation may be appropriate for children or young people who have been through extensive assessment protocols, and therefore a full re-evaluation is not necessary. It can form a 'piece of the jigsaw' to understand fully why previous approaches may have only yielded limited effectiveness, or perhaps a plateau of skill development.
This evaluation would typically be more appropriate for children and young people who's difficulties are considered by the family to be mild-moderate.
Occupational Therapy/ Sensory Integration Assessment:
This assessment provides a holistic view of an individual's ability to efficiently process information from their environment, in order to produce an 'adaptive response'.
Sensory integration is not directly observable, and therefore we rely on specialist assessment strategies in order to elicit information about the child's sensory processing abilities, and identify any 'clusters' of difficulties or dysfunctions. We understand that 'every behaviour serves a purpose', and understanding how the child's central nervous system integrates information from the environment may be pivotal to understanding any conflicting of confusing behaviour which is being utilised.
We have a range of assessment techniques, including;
- Developmental history questionnaire and interview
- Standardised assessment tools as required, to explore visual perception, motor coordination, working memory, posture and motor abilities, and a range of other skills dependent on effective sensory integration
- Non- standardised assessments based on observation of the child in the specialist facilities, home setting, school setting, or any other relevant setting
- The 'Gold Standard' assessment for sensory integration, the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Please follow the link below for more information
From this assessment, recommendations would be made on how best to support the child or young person, in collaboration with the families and other professionals;
- It may be required that therapy to 'change' the way that information is processed (called Sensory Integration Therapy) is recommended. The brain is described as plastic, which means it can change in response to experience. By devising play-based experiences specifically designed for an individual's deficits, we can begin to strengthen neural pathways required for optimal functioning, and engagement in the daily occupations which are meaningful to us- learning, playing, eating, looking after ourselves.
- It may be required to provide compensatory strategies to support the child or young person to be able to best manage their difficulties. This may entail a 'sensory diet', which is providing an individual with a range of sensory activities throughout the day, which will help with their specific difficulties with sensory integration. Other strategies may entail more 'cognitive' approaches to problem-solving, independence skills, and learning-to-learn skills.
- Additional therapies may be recommended. Our team are accredited in The Listening Programme® (or 'TLP'), Interactive Metronome®, FastForWord™, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs®), TalkTools®, and a wide range of other supporting techniques. Please see the links below for further information;