Your senses work as a team, and so do we…

Our senses are all intricately linked, and it is only by using all the information that they communicate to us that we can make sense of the world. Ideally these senses work in harmony as we develop and learn, but any imbalance in one or more of these sensory pathways creates difficulty in integrating information. This can lead to learning challenges which may result in confusing or upsetting behaviour, visual problems in the classroom or reading and aversion to light or noise. There may also be problems with clumsiness, fine motor skills and balance, fidgety behaviour and mood swings.

Our team of experts specialises in helping children with these kind of visual and auditory processing difficulties, as well as reflex, balance and coordination issues, using an integrated, holistic approach.

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Sensory Training

Sensory training involves creating a series of exercises and physical activities that are designed to regulate sensory input which, when practiced every day, can have significant impact on wellbeing and behaviour.

Our team will work with the child and their caregivers to create therapies and techniques that address their specific difficulties and can advise on lifestyle changes, calming methods and sensory ‘re-set’ exercises that can help a child self-comfort.

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Parents Who Wish to Refer Their Child:

It may just be a vague sense that something isn’t quite right, or you may have a firm diagnosis of your child’s difficulties. Either way the following lists of things to look out for in your child can make the decision to seek therapy clearer.

Problems to look out for...

When several difficulties are found they could be:

Visual Difficulties
  • The primary source of information about the world around you is your vision. Even a small imbalance in this system can lead to big difficulties in how you view the world. If you notice your child has any of the following difficulties it may be that they are having trouble processing visual information and would benefit from sensory processingtherapy:
  • Blurring of words when reading
  • Blinks or rubs eyes a lot
  • Gets rapidly tired at school and often exhausted at end of school day
  • Difficulties with copying from the blackboard or book
  • Loss of concentration, short attention span
  • Reading accuracy and speed below chronological age
  • Loses place or line when reading
  • Misses out words or letters when reading
  • Often has to use finger as a marker to keep place
  • Reverses letters and numbers
  • Mirror writing
  • Spells phonetically
  • Poor visual memory
  • Struggles with maths
  • Covers one eye when reading
  • Moves head when reading
  • Homework takes longer than it should
  • Struggles to understand what has been read

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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Auditory Difficulties
  • Similar to the way your brain makes sense of your vision, it also has to coordinate the information coming through your hearing, often linking it to what you are seeing. Difficulties with auditory processes can have a detrimental effect on a child’s learning. If you notice that your child has any of the following reactions, contact us:
  • Hypersensitivity to sounds
  • Difficulty picking up verbal info particularly in background noise
  • Dislike of loud noises e.g. hand dryers/parties
  • Finds listening difficult
  • Easily distracted in loud environments
  • Often needs info repeating
  • Mishears words
  • Does not understand what they have heard
  • Easily forgets what they have heard
  • Difficulty remembering directions
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Difficulty expressing ideas
  • Difficulties locating position of sound

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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Physical Difficulties
  • When we’re born we are equipped with a set of reflexes to help us deal with our new environment. As we grow and develop, typically these reflexes are lost or suppressed. If a child has difficulty inhibiting these primitive reflexes, then motor development may be delayed. This can present itself as any of the following symptoms:
  • Poor co-ordination
  • Poor balance
  • Poor fine motor skills e.g. handwriting / using cutlery
  • Confuses right and left past age 7 (and sometimes up and down.)
  • Poor posture when working
  • Poor at ball skills and team games
  • Difficulties learning to ride a bike
  • Difficulties tying shoe laces.
  • Poor posture when working

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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Healthcare Professionals and Teachers Who Wish to Refer a Child:

Simply email the contact details of the family of the child you are concerned about to referrals@mstcentre.co.uk with a description of the difficulties the child is experiencing. Teachers, if you could also complete the school questionnaire here it would be immensely helpful.

If you are unsure whether our services are right for the child you have in mind then have a look at our list of things to look out for.

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Problems to look out for...

When several difficulties are found they could be:

Visual Difficulties
  • Blurring of words when reading
  • Blinks or rubs eyes a lot
  • Gets rapidly tired at school and often exhausted at end of school day
  • Difficulties with copying from the blackboard or book
  • Loss of concentration, short attention span
  • Reading accuracy and speed below chronological age
  • Loses place or line when reading
  • Misses out words or letters when reading
  • Often has to use finger as a marker to keep place
  • Reverses letters and numbers
  • Mirror writing
  • Spells phonetically
  • Poor visual memory
  • Struggles with maths
  • Covers one eye when reading
  • Moves head when reading
  • Homework takes longer than it should
  • Struggles to understand what has been read

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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Auditory Difficulties

 

  • Hypersensitivity to sounds
  • Difficulty picking up verbal info particularly in background noise
  • Dislike of loud noises e.g. hand dryers/parties
  • Finds listening difficult
  • Easily distracted in loud environments
  • Often needs info repeating
  • Mishears words
  • Does not understand what they have heard
  • Easily forgets what they have heard
  • Difficulty remembering directions
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Difficulty expressing ideas
  • Difficulties locating position of sound

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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Physical Difficulties

 

  • Poor co-ordination
  • Poor balance
  • Poor fine motor skills e.g. handwriting / using cutlery
  • Confuses right and left past age 7 (and sometimes up and down.)
  • Poor posture when working
  • Poor at ball skills and team games
  • Difficulties learning to ride a bike
  • Difficulties tying shoe laces.
  • Poor posture when working

Contact us if your child is experiencing some of the problems listed here.

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