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There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that specialist sensory assessments, and intervention approaches can result in significant improvements in a child’s behaviour, ability to learn, and general well being.

Children may be experiencing some of the following difficulties at home or in school:

  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Problems with learning
  • Significant resistance to the unfamiliar and making transitions from one situation to another
  • Motor coordination difficulties
  • Difficulties sitting still
  • Impulsiveness with short attention span
  • Difficulties tolerating loud, busy environments
  • Problems with Social integration and developing/maintaining relationships

The ability to respond appropriately to sensory information in our environment is a neurological process that occurs within all of us.  It is likely that many of these children have underlying sensory difficulties. When the Sensory Integration system is not functioning effectively the impact on learning, behaviour and social skills can be far reaching. 

Most commonly a high proportion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder will have sensory difficulties, alongside other children who do not have a formal diagnosis

We offer a range of training packages to support schools and parents to develop expertise in supporting children with a range of sensory difficulties.

For more specific information click on the links below or contact us directly to discuss your needs on 01926 400001 or email julian.gartside@swft.nhs.uk

Making Sense of it all!  - Introduction into Sensory Integration

This course introduces the theory and practical approaches that can be used within the classroom to begin to make ‘sense’ of children’s sensory needs Read more

Sensory Processing Difficulties in Preschool Children

This course is recommended for any member of staff wanting to develop skills in Sensory Difficulties in Preschool Children, and should be undertaken after the introductory course. Read more

Encouraging children to come out of their shell 

Do you have children in your class/setting who show avoidance, fear, anxiety, sensory seeking or aggressive behaviours that disrupt their performance in everyday school activities?  This course will help you to understand Sensory Defensiveness and what it means for those children Read more