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Sensory and Adults


In our work with kids, we have discovered that many adults experience sensory challenges that impact comfort and ease in managing everyday roles, responsibilities, and routines. Discomfort with sensory processing can impact individuals on a spectrum ranging from mild to severe and can impact grooming, clothing options, managing demands of childcare, and participating in comfortable intimate relationships.


Using a thorough exploration of an adult's sensory preferences and challenges we can develop therapy strategies, accommodations, modifications, and self-coping strategies that make you feel your best for more of your day. For many adults with sensory challenges it's the cumulative impact of sensory trauma throughout the day that may be the hardest. Let a trained occupational therapist work to help you better understand yourself and your needs. 

If you experience more than a few of the following you may benefit from occupational therapy with a sensory focus.

  • Misinterpretation of sensory events

  • Irritated by sensory input that others easily ignore

  • Exaggerated avoidance responses

  • Touch is interpreted as painful, harmful, or a threat

  • Seeks unusual forms of tactile stimulation

  • Illogical preferences and clothing habits

  • Once aroused, difficult to calm

  • Difficulties managing self care

  • Unusual or high pain responses

  • Unpredicted emotional outbursts

  • Avoids crowds and lines in stores

  • Hyper-vigilant

  • Unusual eating habits, dislike of mixed food textures

  • Social withdrawal

  • Dislike of fast moving visual input, become carsick easily

  • Balance problems and dislike of motion

  • Self-injury

  • Strong need for routine

  • Upset by loud noises or background noises such as a light buzzing

While there are some similarities in how we approach our work with children and adults, both often use a Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) approach. We individually tailor your care to meet your needs. Some of the work that we do together will include: 

  • Using specialized equipment common in ASI such as tactile (touch), proprioceptive (pressure), and vestibular modalities (movement/swings) to explore your adaptive responses in a safe environment. 

  • Collaborating on areas of challenge. With your therapist we may consider alternative ways of approaching tasks to help you feel more successful and more comfortable. 

  • Explore the environment to determine if we can modify your home, work, or other frequently used spaces to minimize stressors. 

  • Partner to create a Sensory Diet individualized, supportive sensory strategies that are embedded into your normal routines to maximize your self-regulation.

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