Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing

We all are sensory beings. We are constantly taking in information from our senses, which is then analysed and interpreted by the brain.

We all have eight senses (yes, eight!)

  • Sight
  • Sound
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Balance
  • State of Internal Organs
  • Muscle and Joint Movement

Sometimes the senses don’t work properly due to a problem with the wiring in the brain.

In some instances, we feel input from certain senses MORE than others (e.g. sensitivity to noise), or we might not notice the sensory input at all (e.g. may miss visual signs in the environment).

Things like ticking clocks, strong perfumes, busy streets, bright lights, and/or people brushing off us in a queue; may cause a feeling of being overwhelmed. This often distracts us from the task we are doing or can result in increased feelings of worry, frustration, or irritation.

Do you:

  • Startle easily with loud noises?
  • Become overwhelmed in loud environments
  • Do you find it difficult to concentrate at work or engage in group meetings?
  • Do you bump into things or find it hard to coordinate movements?
  • Do you find it hard to organise your belongings?
  • Do you avoid wearing certain fabrics or do tags on clothes bother you?

These are a small sample of things that may affect us in everyday life. An assessment of sensory processing can help our understanding of why we react in certain ways and what we can do to help calm and regulate ourselves in challenging situations.

A sensory processing assessment is available with Pauline Robinson (Occupational Therapist) and includes:

  • 1 hour assessment of sensory processing
  • Written report detailing assessment findings and treatment recommendations

Assessment findings and treatment recommendations will be outlined in a follow-up session. Pauline will create a tailored ‘sensory diet’ of specific actions/movements/strategies to suit your needs, and work with you to integrate these into your daily life.


At Evidence-based Therapy Centre our Occupational Therapist, Pauline Robinson, can help to identify factors that are limiting your ability to engage in functional activities that are important to you. 

Pauline is available for appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. To book an appointment with Pauline you can call the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact form.