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.
Driving Assessments & Vehicle Modifications
Driving is often an important part of a person’s lifestyle, representing freedom and independence. It is, however, a complex task involving physical ability, vision, cognitive ability and emotional skills. Any changes or loss of function in any one of these abilities due to ageing, illness or injury, may affect a person’s ability to drive.
Sometimes people are not aware of changes in their abilities and need to be guided by their health professionals and family as to whether there may be concerns about their driving ability. Occupational therapists work to help people be as independent as possible in the activities of their everyday life. All OTs are registered health professionals and those who conduct driving assessments have completed specialised post-graduate training.
Pressure Mapping & iShear
iShear is the first clinical tool to measure Total Shear Force* (tendency to slide) in the seat plane. It helps to minimize sliding forces when setting up a wheelchair. It can be used on almost every common wheelchair by placing it underneath the cushion. No change in the client-seat base interface is required. Once installed, you can use the free iShear app for real time data monitoring.
Hand therapy typically addresses the biomechanical issues underlying upper-extremity conditions. However, occupational therapy practitioners bring an added dimension to this specialty area. They use an occupation-based and client-centered approach that identifies the participation needs of the client—what he or she wants to be able to do in daily life that is fulfilling, necessary, and/or meaningful—and emphasizes the performance of desired activities as the primary goal of therapy.
Specialised Disability Accomodation (SDA)
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. Our Occupational Therapists are contacted to assess a person’s functional capacity, their support needs, equipment needs and environmental needs to ensure they are able to live as safely and independently as possible in the housing of their choice.
Our Occupational Therapists help determine what supports, equipment and environmental needs a NDIS participant have when they are considering moving into different housing. This ensures a NDIS participant moves into accommodation which is suitable to live safely and as independently as possible within.
- SDA can be a variety of building types such as:
- Villa / Duplex / Townhouse
- Group Home
A pressure map is simply a pad with sensors that is placed on a wheelchair cushion. The patient transfers onto the pad and cushion and the system will provide either a snapshot or a live feed of the pressures under the seated surface. Systems are typically color coded with light blue being the least pressure to red being the most pressure.
The map is used to determine the source of the problem. The therapist can check the pressure areas when the back angle/support is altered or when the lower extremities are repositioned. Attempts can be made to modify the cushion or alternate cushions can be tried to see if they map differently. Getting to the cause of a persistent pressure injury can be a challenge, and a pressure map can facilitate getting to a result much faster.