We all experience life through our senses: visual, auditory, touch, oral, taste, position and movement sense. Sensory information comes from your own body and the environment around you. Each of us has a unique sensory profile.
A sensory profile provides a specific approach to understanding the way an individual responds to sensory information in their environment. Sensory profiles use a research based framework to determine how sensitive an individual is to the input of sound, visual images, movement, smells, taste and textures.
People with autism and other intellectual disabilities may have an atypical sensory processing capacity. This means that the way they process sensory input may make it difficult for them to process in a particular environment.
How is it done?
A sensory profile is conducted by an occupational therapist. It involves use of an assessment tool to determine how sensitive an individual is to the various types of sensory information.
The assessment will involve observation of the client and interview with a parent or carer who knows the individual well.
The total duration of the assessment is 1.50 to 2.00 hours.