Butterflies Children's Occupational Therapy Leeds is able to support families to identify any sensory difficulties their child may having which is having a functional negative impact on their life.
Sensory difficulties can be misunderstood and hard to unpick which is why we complete a detailed assessment of sensory difficulties.
It is important to know (if you do not already) that within the UK sensory processing disorder is not classified and so we are unable to give a formal diagnosis. However, the new DSM-V definition of autism  does include sensory issues as one of the four restricted/repetitive behaviour features defined as “hyper or hypo reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest
in sensory aspects of the environment.”
We are able to complete a full sensory assessment using standardised assessments and complete intervention using mobile equipment and in our new therapy space which is based in North Leeds.
These sessions work well in school in which it is difficult to engage the pupils due to their difficulties.
This approach is blended with environment assessment, classroom observation and standardised assessment tools.
Sensory Processing Difficulties assessment is completed with the children who can engage with a more formal assessment structure.
We all have different sensory preferences. For example, ‘Marmite’… Love it or hate it!?... it’s a sensory preference!
We all have different sensory needs. Sensory integration is about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday life. It is a neurological process that occurs within all of us.
Some children with underlying sensory difficulties may experience the following at home or in school:
🦋 Difficulties sitting still
🌈 Poor hand-eye coordination
✨ Impulsiveness with a short attention span
🎵 Difficulties tolerating loud, busy environments
🛌 Difficulties getting to sleep
Most commonly a high percentage of children with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, OCD and other developmental delays will have sensory difficulties, alongside other children who do not have a formal diagnosis.
Sensory integration therapy uses play activities in ways designed to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement.
We are able to assess your child using Ayres Sensory Integration approach using sensory assessment and can provide intervention using mobile equipment in and around Leeds.