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What is Sensory Processing?

Sensory Processing describes our ability to detect, organize and respond to sensory information in the environment around us.

Countless pieces of sensory information are constantly coming into our brain, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from every part of our body.  The brain is tasked to organize and make sense of all these sensations in order for a person to move and learn effectively.  Difficulties with detecting, organizing and responding to sensory information can greatly impact one’s ability to participate in everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding, doing schoolwork, and playing.  Such difficulties can also affect a child’s ability to develop skills at the same rate as their peers.

The focus of this program is to provide education and strategies that enable children with sensory processing difficulties to participate successfully in their everyday activities.

What services can the Sensory Program offer?

Occupational therapy in the form of:

  • Assessment
  • Consultation
  • Parent/caregiver training
  • Limited direct therapy
  • Activities for home practice
  • Transition management to community services when appropriate
  • Alternative caregiver training

This is a short-term intervention program that primarily focuses on helping families understand their child’s needs, providing strategies to support them, and recommending environmental accommodations.  The amount and type of service your child receives will be determined following the initial assessment.

Who is eligible for Grandview’s Sensory Program?

  • Are residents of Durham region
  • Are between the ages of 5 and 10 (referred prior to their 10th birthday)
  • Do not have a complex physical diagnosis (such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders etc.) or global developmental delay.
  • Have a Physician referral
  • Currently not receiving occupational therapy from another program at Grandview (if on caseload with another therapist, please discuss your concerns with sensory processing with your current therapist).

How to apply?

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


Please note, the waiting time for this program can be extensive (i.e. over 12 months).  Children are seen based on the date the referral was received and sensory questionnaire was submitted.

Learn more about Occupational Therapy at Grandview