Exploring the value of Sensory Processing work
What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses.
There are an increasing number of children who are seen as having sensory processing needs that require both the assessment of a specialist Occupational Therapist and then an appropriate programme of response. However such conditions and the suggested actions are not universally recognised and parents and schools often have difficulties getting the condition recognised and the treatment they request provided.
What are we researching and developing?
The Alliance commissioned training to develop skills and capabilities of a key teacher in a number of different special schools who wuld then be in a good position to lead practice in the establishment under te guidance of a qualified specialist Occupational Therapist (OT). The Alliance is now working with the Local Authority to hopefully create, along with Health, a number of OT positions to work across the special schools in Hampshire