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What is Sensory Processing?

Sensory Processing describes our ability to detect, organize and respond adaptively 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 and coaching
  • Limited direct therapy with caregiver involvement
  • Activity, program and/or equipment suggestions for the school environment to enhance school success
  • Activity, program and/or equipment suggestions for the home/community environment

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?

  • Residents of Durham Region
  • 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.
  • Currently not receiving occupational therapy from another program at Grandview (if on caseload with another therapist, please discuss your concerns about sensory processing with your current therapist).

How to apply?

Parents/Caregivers can refer their child to the program by calling Service Navigation at 905 728 1673 ext. 2468. We will also accept referrals from physicians for the Sensory Program. Internal referrals from other Grandview Programs will be accepted if there are concerns beyond what has been previously addressed in those programs.


Please note, the waiting time for this program currently ranges between 4-6 months . You will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to your assessment to help the occupational therapist understand your child’s needs and prepare for the initial appointment.

Learn more about Occupational Therapy at Grandview