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Our educational and child psychologists can carry out physical and sensory assessments. Physical and sensory difficulties can relate to many aspects of an individual. Within educational and child psychology, the main areas covered by the term physical and sensory needs are connected to visual processing, perceptual processing, motor skills and over or under sensitivity in certain senses.
We provide a broad range of physical and sensory assessments including:
Some of our physical and sensory assessments can be used from the age of two, and they can all be used up until the age of twenty five. Some common reasons a child or young person would benefit from a physical and sensory assessment include individuals who:
A physical and sensory assessment is a good way to understand the child or young persons needs from a specific viewpoint. A physical and sensory assessment could lead to further assessment, interventions or recommendations in order to support the child or young person with their learning.
Physical and sensory assessments can be carried out by educational and child psychologists, occupational therapists and sensory integration therapists. Our educational and child psychologists can assess and interpret the results in relation to how physical and sensory needs impact learning. We work closely with our in-house occupational therapists and sensory integration therapists.
Physical and sensory assessments will be chosen depending on the individual, their circumstances and what we are specifically assessing. Our team are able to use a variety of physical and sensory assessments, including:
If you are not sure which physical and sensory assessment would be best for your needs then do not worry as it will be discussed during the initial consultation. If you require a specific physical and sensory assessment which is not listed above then please contact us.
There are many benefits of physical and sensory assessments, such as:
A physical and sensory assessment carried out by our specialist team of psychologists could provide a single explanation for various aspects of an individuals behaviour. Understanding specific physical and sensory needs allows you to recognise and respond to them.
Following a physical and sensory assessment from our psychologists, the option to purchase a written report is available. To facilitate a joined-up approach we can also liaise with any professionals working with the child or young person upon request. If a referral to an external service is required then we will assist you wherever possible. Our team, school staff or parents and carers can all work together to achieve the best outcome if an intervention is suggested as the next step. You can read more about our reports and interventions.
We provide motor skills assessments to children and young people for a broad range of needs.
A motor skills assessment is suitable for children and young people aged 4 months to 25 years old who:
To book an initial discussion or to find out more about our motor skills assessments please contact us.IMAGE: S:\Photography\Therapy\HSR\21-08-17 _MG_0682 Image file name: motor-skills-assessment Image title: Motor skills assessment Image description: A child carrying out a fine motor assessment using a peg board
A motor skills assessment should help to identify the cause of any motor difficulties and lead to recommendations for support. The benefits which come from this include:
Increased understanding following a motor skills assessment will allow strategies to be put in place to help children and young people to be happy, safe and ready for lifes challenges.
A motor skills assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.
A motor skills assessment varies depending on the age of the child or young person and will be age appropriate. Motor skills assessments involve a mixture of physical activities, questions, drawing and writing.--What's in our tool kit?
The specific assessments used will be chosen based on the individual. The main motor skills assessments we use are:
There may be times when the motor skills assessment would be best carried out by one of our in house occupational therapists (OTs), if this is the case then we would inform you during the initial discussion.--BOX
After a motor skills assessment recommendations can be made due to an increased understanding of a child or young persons motor needs. These recommendations may include strategies or activities to complete at home or school, or an intervention.
Reports are available outlining the results of the motor assessment and any recommendations. We provide a range of reports to best suit individual needs. Read more about the reports we offer.
A motor skills assessment identifies a child or young persons motor needs, which leads to recommendations.
Sensory profiling increases understanding of a child or young persons sensory needs, and leads to appropriate support strategies.
Sensory profiling can be used for a broad range of children and young people with a range of needs. There is a broad range of characteristics and behaviours which could indicate the need for sensory profiling, including:
If you recognise the above characteristics and would like to find out more about sensory profiling then please contact us.IMAGE: S:\Photography\Therapy\HSR\toy room\20-07-17\best img-12 Image file name: sensory-profiling-manchester Image title: Sensory profiling services Image description: Children enjoying a sensory light experience
There are many benefits of sensory profiling, as it increases the understanding of sensory needs, allowing support strategies to be put into place. The benefits from this include:
Sensory profiling can lead to specific recommendations in relation to an individuals sensory needs.
Sensory profiling can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.
Sensory profiling primarily uses information provided by individuals who know the child or young person best. This information can be provided through questionnaires or a conversation as well as through observations.--What's in our tool kit?
The specific profiling assessment(s) used will be chosen based on the child or young person. The assessments we often use are: