Programs and Services

Sensory Integration Program

What is Sensory Integration?

Sensory integration describes the process by which we detect, organize and respond to sensory information.

People obtain sensory information related to the movement of their heads and their bodies, and what we often call the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

We are constantly receiving sensory information, often from many of these sources at once.  Sensory Integration occurs when we combine this information and use it to interact with our world. Difficulties with detecting, organizing and responding to sensory information can greatly impact one’s ability to participate in every day tasks such as:

  • self-care (ie., bathing, dressing)
  • remaining seated and focused to do schoolwork
  • playing
  • functioning and becoming overstimulated in busy environments/having meltdowns (ie., school, the mall)
  • clumsiness when preforming functional tasks

The focus of this program is to enable children who have difficulties with sensory integration to participate successfully in their every day activities.

What services can the Sensory Integration Program offer?

The Sensory Integration Program offers occupational therapy in the form of:

  • assessment
  • consultation
  • education
  • direct therapy
  • activities for home practice
  • transition management to community services when appropriate
  • alternative caregiver training

The amount and type of service your child receives depends on the extent that the sensory issue impacts function.

Who is eligible for Grandview's Sensory Integration Program?

Clients of Grandview Children's Centre will be eligible to receive services from the Sensory Integration Program if they:

  • are residents of Durham Region
  • are between the ages of 5 and 12 (referrals must be received before the age of 10)
  • do not have a complex physical diagnosis (such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, etc.) or global developmental delay.

How to apply

  • A completed physician's referral form signed by a doctor and including details about specific concerns is required to apply for Grandview's Sensory Integration Program.
  • Grandview's Admission Committee reviews all referrals to determine if the child is appropriate for our Sensory Integration Program.
  • Internal referrals from other Grandview programs will be accepted, if concerns continue beyond what has previously been addressed in those programs.

Waitlist

There is a waitlist for Sensory Integration services; please note the waitlist may be extensive (ie., over 12 months). Following this wait, your child will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist.

Feedback sessions will be scheduled following the initial assessment to go over assessment results and to discuss the plan of care.

Learn more about Occupational Therapy at Grandview