Sensory processing issues are difficulties with organising and responding to information that comes from our senses (e.g., auditory, touch, vestibular, taste and olfactory). Children may be oversensitive to sensory input, under sensitive, or both. These can impact on the child’s function.

If your child is having difficulties processing the sensory information from the world around them, their behaviour may be affected in many ways. They are less likely to be able to achieve their full academic potential, find social interactions difficult and find family activities such as going to restaurant, holidays or going to the cinema distressing. In addition, some children even find normal day-today tasks such as going to school or wearing school uniform and dressing themselves overwhelming.

If your child experience any of following problems, she/he is suitable for a Sensory assessment:

  • Easily distracted by noises/smells
  • Picky eaters
  • Get frustrated easily
  • Short attention span
  • Poor balance and body awareness
  • Sensitivity to touch (only wears certain textures)
  • Tries to eat or licks objects
  • Fidget when seated at table or desk
  • Avoidance of sensory stimulation – They won’t put their hands in anything messy such as glue, clay, or mud. They only wear certain clothes.
  • Fear of movement (dislike some of playground equipment and rides)
  • Social and emotional problems
  • Struggles to identify change in temperature

In High Five Children’s OT, we provide thorough sensory processing assessment and therapy for children from the age of 6 months.

The therapy programme includes:

  • Providing sensory strategies to be used at home and school/ nursery.
  • Providing training for staff at school to be able to support your child by integrating the sensory strategies at school or nursery.
  • Providing emotional regulation programme to help the child to manage the emotional outburst following the sensory overload.
  • Providing parents workshop to help parents/carers to understand the child’s challenging behaviour as a result of sensory overload.

If you would like a sensory processing assessment and treatment or need to talk about any of the problems above, please email us at or call 07954322101

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I received a thorough handwriting assessment for my A level exam. The suggested strategies were really specific and help me to get additional help in my A Level exam

Sherry’s holistic approach of working closely with the school and us as parents provides real benefits. Sherry uses practical OT techniques which have improved our sons: Fine and gross motor skills, his handwriting and focus at school.

Joanna, Parent

Sherry is a very experienced Paediatric OT who understands children and possible underlying issues. She’s been working with our little boy and is patient, kind, firm, persistent and uses encouragement and fun activities to motivate him.

My son has been attending Sherry’s sessions for about six months now. Due to various sensual and motor issues he required a complex approach to work different variety of issues. Since he has started the sessions he has made a great visible progress in writing. Sherry has also made a great job focusing on my son’s eating habits and as a result more foods were introduced . She is a very devoted highly qualified professional. I highly recommend her both for the OT assessments and as a lead therapist to implement an OT program.

Anastasia, Parent

I’ve met Sherry she is so calming, knowledgeable and my son loves our catch ups with her. Her advice has given my son confidence.

Jan, Parent

We were concerned that our daughter was having difficulty with her pencil grip and her letter formations were suffering as a result (many letters were also inverted). Her assessment at the High Five Clinic was both comprehensive and professional. The potential problems were swiftly identified and we opted for the 6 week intervention package by their occupational therapist. We have completed the course and the difference is quite formidable. Its still a work in progress, but the confidence that my daughter has gained whilst writing and drawing is priceless. Thank you so much.

Kattie, Parent

Our OT at High Five Clinic, was experienced and professional and had a lovely manner with myself as a parent and my son who was being assessed. She was patient and attentive with our son and explained what was required of him clearly as she went along, without putting him under pressure. She also listened to all our parental concerns. After the assessment, we received our report very quickly which, was clear and concise and very helpful for us to understand our son’s needs better. I would highly recommend Guildford handwriting Clinic to anyone concerned about their child’s handwriting difficulties.

Naz, Parent

Sherry provided an excellent service. She has a calming manner and my son always felt at ease. Her report was clear and detailed and has helped my son gain the right support moving forward.

Lucy, Parent