Sensory Integration 

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing (sometimes called 'sensory integration or SI) is a term that refers to the way the body uses information from the senses (i.e. vision, hearing, touch, movement, balance and taste).

Sensory processing difficulties can be linked to coordination problems, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders.  It may lead to problems with behaviour, emotions, play and school activities.

How can difficulties affect a child/young adult?

People are affected in different ways.  They can be over responsive (i.e. over sensitive or withdrawn), or under responsive (i.e. seeks more input or show no reaction).

A person can have different reactions or behaviour compared to those who have no difficulties.  He/she may have more anxiety or have difficulty learning new skills.
A person may also have problems with weak muscles, clumsiness, handwriting problems, fine motor delays or difficulty with age appropriate skills.  So it is important that these issues are identified and treated accordingly.


Amanda Hunter BSc MRCOT MSc

Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration

07590 963252

What is sensory integration therapy?

Sensory integration therapy aims to improve a person's response to sensory input through activities that provide tactile [touch], proprioceptive [body position and sense] and vestibular [body movement sense] input.

Therapy is child-led and based on play.  The child is encouraged to seek out the sensory input he/she needs from a range of equipment and activities provided.

Therapy sessions are delivered individually and last approximately 45 minutes.  Goals, which are negotiated with the child, family and school/day setting,  are set before therapy starts so that the outcome can be measured.  

Alongside 1:1 therapy, a sensory diet will be discussed.  A sensory diet provides a range of activities or inputs that alert, calm or organise the child/young adult at different times of the day.

Further information can be obtained from the Sensory Integration Network