SERVICES

Sensory UK offers Occupational Therapy and specializes in Sensory Integration Therapy for children, adolescents and adults.

We offer expert knowledge and care for those with an Autism Spectrum presentation, having both professional and personal experience.

We also have specialist expertise in sensory processing disorders and knowledge of ADHD, Attachment Disorders, PDA, DCD/Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, stress and anxiety, and delayed motor skills

Areas of concern / things to look out for include but are not limited to:

  • Over reaction to touch
  • Low attention span
  • Unusual pencil grip
  • Motor planning difficulty
  • Gross motor delays (major movements)
  • Fine motor delays (minor movements)
  • Sensory processing difficulty
  • Impaired bilateral coordination
  • Low muscle tone (weak arms or legs)
  • Appears clumsy
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Seems to have balance issues
  • Play skills seem behind peers
  • Hyperactivity
  • Low arousal
  • Consistent high arousal level
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Children and Young People

Children who have difficulty processing sensory information may present with a variety of behaviours in different areas; for example, they may find teeth brushing and hair washing upsetting, may always be ‘on the go’ and fidgety.
Sensory processing difficulties can be complex and affect a huge variety of day to day activities. To fully assess your child’s needs a detailed sensory assessment would need to be completed. This may include the use of several assessment tools, a developmental history inventory, anxiety check list, Ayres’ Standardized Clinical Observations, observation at home and school, interview with educational staff and caregivers, and advanced clinical reasoning to develop a sensory diet, environmental adaptations or occupational strategies.

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Following the assessment process, a variety of therapy options will be discussed. A sensory diet will be developed (activities tailored to you and your child's needs) for home, school and community.
Sensory programmes can be taught to teaching and support staff to ensure the child is provided with the appropriate support required throughout their day.
Most clients also require a formal report to be provided for school, local authorities, other health providers, PIP and EHCP’s.  
Reports are also available for tribunals and Statutory Assessments of Special Educational Needs.
Specialised reports for EHCP, PIP or SENDIST Tribunals can be prepared, once your child has been through our assessment process. 
Our reports are legally binding.




Adults

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Sensory UK offers services to adults af all ages.  As more adults are now being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sensory processing challenges later in life, we create bespoke interventions that can be applied in the home, community and work environment.  Suggestions for adaptations in the workplace can significantly affect one’s ability to be more focused, productive and inclusive.

Sensory UK also offers assistance to adults with mental health challenges; in the home, educational environment, the work place or in a hospital setting.
Occupational Therapy is also available to increase independence and participation and assist with activities of daily living.
Please contact us for further details.

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Assessment: Children, Young People and Adults

A thorough OT / SI assessment is a necessary, comprehensive evaluation that is designed to identify areas that inhibit the individual from engagement.  Cost of assessments are determined by the amount of time and clinical reasoning required to identify dysfunction, develop goals and outcome measures, design interventions and review as appropriate.  Our fees remain competitive with a guarantee that we will provide you with a bespoke report and intervention plan.

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Assessments are holistic: we consider the individual’s strengths while identifying their impairment or developmental delay.  We are family-focused and consider the family unit as part of the therapy team.  It is vital to the success of therapy that caregivers and partners are involved in the entire therapy process and welcome input throughout.  It is beneficial to conduct assessments in safe and familiar surroundings, therefore all assessments are client-led and conducted in either the home or school, unless otherwise specified.

The assessments we use consist of a range of standardised and non-standardised tests.  They help the therapist gain valuable information that may be inhibiting the individual from achieving their full potential in education, home life and in the community.  Left untreated, an individual’s well-being, self-esteem and cognitive functioning can affect all areas of daily living.  Parent, children and adult opinions and feelings are central to the process, with targets devised to be client-centred and motivating.

Most clients also require a formal report to be provided for school, local authorities, employers, other health providers, PIP and EHCP’s.  Our reports are legally binding.

Reports are also available for tribunals and Statutory Assessments of Special Educational Needs.

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Dementia Care
Research shows many people with dementia who are living in care homes have little contact with staff other than for personal care or help with eating and drinking (Alzheimer’s Society, 2007).  As well as being kept well fed, clean and comfortable, people with dementia need to feel loved, they need to express themselves and they need be recognized as individuals. They require care that enhances their quality of life. 

Sensory UK provides a structured programme of sensory activities that focuses on pleasure and connecting with others, rather than physical need, which can benefit residents with dementia. Integrating a multi-dimensional programme of physical, sensory and emotional elements gives comfort and pleasure to people through sensory stimulation, especially touch. 

 

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Assessment, Sessions and Aims

Sensory UK will assess residents using the Pool Activity Level (PAL) tool, to explore activities they can engage with and benefit from (Pool, 2011). 
Sessions are delivered in a calming environment in groups of 6 or less with an emphasis on person-centred engagement. Remaining person-centred in our care involves treating each resident with respect, understanding, empathy and kindness, and focusing on the person behind the task, rather than the task for its own sake. Each session includes activities tailored to individual preferences which will engage their senses; improving their quality of life. 
Research shows that sensory stimulation can help calm individuals with dementia and may even reduce the need for medication (Simard and Volicer, 2010) It also may improve sleeping patterns, mood and appetite.
Please contact us for further information.

 

Occupational Therapy Assessments

 A Functional Assessment Report would offer an overview of the client’s difficulties with everyday tasks, such as preparing a meal, taking a bath, going up stairs, etc. The aim of the OT is to enable individuals to live as independently as possible whether at home, at work or at school. The assessment may include:

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  • How the condition is impacting upon the daily level of independent function in the individual
  • Educational recommendations within school
  • Problem identification and goal setting
  • Further recommendations if necessary.
  • A two-hour one-to-one (meet with parent and observe in school, or if adult, a one-to-one in the home environment.
  • Three hours admin, analysis of assessment, sourcing and adaptations, and report writing.  Report 7-10 pages.

 

Autism Spectrum Condition Report
Assessment and report.  Report may be used as second opinion, to provide more information for teachers, or as part of a case review or legal issue.
The Autistic Spectrum Condition report is a personalised reflection based on how autism is affecting the individual.  
This report would contain important information summarising the following:

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  • How Autism and Autistic Spectrum Condition is impacting upon the daily level of independent function of the child or adult
  • Educational / workplace recommendations within these environments for a person with Autism or within the Autistic Spectrum
  • Problem identification and goal setting for a child / adult with Autism or within the Autistic Spectrum
  • Future Treatment Plan for a child / adult with Autism or within the Autistic Spectrum
  • A two-hour one-to-one (meet with parent and observe in school, or if adult, a one-to-one in the home environment)
  • Three hours admin, analysis of assessment, sourcing and adaptations and report writing.  Report 7-10 pages.



Home Assessment Report
Assessment and report to include:

  • A two-hour one-to-one (meet with parent and observe in school, or if adult, a one-to-one in the home environment)
  • Three hours admin, analysis of assessment, sourcing and adaptations and report writing.  Report 7-10 pages.
  • Mobility around the home
  • Impact upon daily occupations (things one likes to do or needs to do)
  • Sensory stimuli around the home
  • Recommendations for home, school and community

 
Tribunal
·      Tribunal appearance, tribunal preparation
·      Reading and other work undertaken in preparation for the tribunal. Fees vary by case.

Medico-Legal Assessment and Legal Report
·      Expert witness for tribunal purposes and in partnership with the legal team representing you and/or your child. Fees Vary by case

Training

Professional Training Services for Parents, Carers, Employers

We offer full or half day training on Sensory Processing disorders to raise awareness and assist in early identification in the classroom or work place. 

Introduction to Sensory Integration

A full or half day course covering each sensory system and signs to look out for.  How to spot Sensory Processing Disorder and what impact this has on academic achievement, workplace functioning and behaviour.

Practical approaches to Sensory Integration

A full or half day specifically targeted at practical activities and strategies that can be used within the classroom or workplace to support individuals to participate more fully in their activities of daily living.  This course is only offered after completion of Introduction to Sensory Integration as it is important to have a basic understanding of the sensory systems beforehand.

Professional Training in Schools

Training to assist with developing skills and knowledge to help children with Sensory Processing disorders.  Inset training days, twilight/staff meeting training sessions, bespoke teacher/LSA training sessions.

Bespoke Training for Professionals

For schools, local authorities, NHS, etc, who require bespoke training.  Practical group training for up to 6 delegates and seminar-style training for up to 25 delegates.  Pricing can vary depending on your specific requirements, number of delegates attending and therapist travel time.  Please contact Sensory UK for information on fees.

Referrals

Referrals can be made by parents, doctors, paediatricians, or other health care professionals.  With consent from parents, we can communicate with schools and offer support in this environment.

Our reports

Our reports are professionally recognized and can be utilized to guide future therapy.

Services in schools

Advice Clinics 

Half day in school to help answer questions and queries regarding children you may have concerns about.  Provide suggestions for sensory friendly classrooms and environment.

Individual Treatment Sessions

Following a full assessment and report, a one-to-one bespoke session provided in school targeting specific areas of development to support learning.

Peer Group Intervention

Set up and run small sensory integration or occupational therapy group treatment sessions for 3-6 children.

Whole class sessions

Sensory Integration or Occupational Therapy activities to help children get organized, focused and ready to work.

PE Sessions

Support for PE teachers and activity programmes that can be integrated in PE lessons to help develop postural stability and improve motor coordination.

Sensory Boxes
For classroom or individual use. We can create a bespoke box of equipment designed to introduce sensory equipment into the classroom. Items such as weighted blankets/calming aids, visually calming toys/activities, chew/oral items, and fidget/ tactile supports.