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Sensory Processing, Classroom Learning and Attention

Further assessment and assistance  through Creative Health Consultancy.

Assessment and recommendations to assist help both school teachers and families understand and assist  their child’s learning.

The W. Dunne  Caregiver Sensory profile carried out with Josephine, has assisted many parents understand and manage the difficult behavior, being exhibited by their child, at home, preschool and school.

The School Sensory Profile School Companion

This is done by the OT and teacher on a school site visit .This assessment will in large corroborate the caregiver profile, but due to it assessing performance in the school environment it will also identify issues at school that may be less or more evident at home and on the community. Excellent recommendations can then be made via a report to the school to assist learning.

For children who are identified by the Sensory Profile as having visual and auditory processing difficulties, more than others, it is wise to follow up with  further assessment of Visual perception  and Central Auditory Processing.

I am  now able to provide further  detailed assessment of these abilities.

Visual Motor Free Perception Test

For a child who has had their  is Visual acuity assessed and corrected if necessary, this assessment can assist  to unravel the brains ability to process and interpret visual detail from their environment – the specific difficulties they may be facing in understanding visual information can be targeted, figure ground, size constancy, spatial relationships  etc .

Auditory Continuous Performance Test

And to make detailed recommendations for class interventions to the school.

The advantages of having a therapist familiar with your Child’s occupational performance in undertaking such further assessment of Sensory Processing functions:

1.        I  can offer specific comprehensive and individualized recommendations : making a school visit and using the School  Sensory Profile Companion - I knowing what the child’s strengths and weaknesses are  on all sensory dimensions, suited to different environments.

2.       By combining a more in depth look at Visual Perception and CAP I can also see if visual perception is a strength or weakness and include this  when making classroom  recommendations. In addition assistance can be provided with differential diagnosis of etiology , or condition causing attention problems.

3.       Familiarity  of OT with parent and child will make the assessment process less stressful.


Central  Auditory Processing Disorder

An attention problem can be symptomatic of a number of problems- in some cases it can be difficult to distinguish between ADHD and Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Children who have ADHD are less attentive and more disruptive than their classmates. Auditory tasks have been found to be better at distinguishing children who have ADHD than  tests focused on Visual tasks

This assessment tests auditory attention over a long period of time. their sustained attention and selective attention. It assesses their auditory vigilance- alertness, selective perception of and effort at auditory tasks. The beauty of this assessment is that it removes observational bias, and can assist other health professionals.