Understand your child’s sensory patterns

GriffinOT is now offering sensory screening assessments to UK families who want to learn more about their child’s sensory processing patterns.  This screen is suitable for children aged 5-12 years. We aim to provide you with a greater understanding of your child’s sensory needs.  The sensory screen includes

  • A summary report

  • A list of relevant support strategies

  • Access to our online sensory training

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Understand your child’s sensory patterns

GriffinOT is now offering sensory screening assessments to UK families who want to learn more about their child’s sensory processing patterns.  This screen is suitable for children aged 5-12 years.  We aim to provide you with a greater understanding of your child’s sensory needs.  The sensory screen includes

  • A summary report

  • A list of relevant support strategies

  • Access to our online sensory training

GriffinOT Sensory Assessment – Available in the UK only

Kim is acutely aware how difficult it can be to access sensory assessments for children in the UK.   Many NHS trusts will not provide assessments and full private assessments can be costly.  Some children can’t access services because they are deemed ‘not bad enough’.  And, most services have long waiting lists (often over a year).

Kim wants parents to have answers immediately.  She wants to offer an alternative for children who are not eligible for support.  And wants to give parents who can’t afford a full private assessment a more affordable option.  (The assessment and report is £119, which is at least half of the usual price for private assessment).  This is why she set up the GriffinOT sensory screening service for children aged 5-12 years old.

About the Sensory Assessment Screen & Report

Please note this service is currently only available in the UK.  And for children aged 5-12 years old.

The online sensory assessment is deigned to provide quick access to assessment for UK families wanting to understand their child’s sensory needs in more depth.  It includes a written report, recommended strategies and access to our online training.  There is no face to face time or verbal feedback.  The assessment is a sensory screen and will help you prioritise the supports your child may need.

You child’s sensory report will

  • Help you to recognise and understand your child’s sensory processing patterns.

  • Improve your understanding of why your child may respond differently to others.

  • Provide a list of support strategies you can use to help your child (if relevant).

  • Provide a year’s access to our online sensory training for one adult.

The sensory report will NOT

  • It will NOT provide a diagnosis. Firstly, Sensory Processing Disorder is not a formal diagnosis within current diagnostic manuals (DSM-V or ICD-11).  Secondly, we do not believe diagnosis should be provided through a questionnaire alone.  You child’s paediatrician can use the report to inform their diagnosis.

  • The report will not be sufficient evidence to include occupational therapy hours or input in an ECHP (Section F).  The report could be submitted as evidence to include sensory needs and within an EHCP in the UK (Section B).  Depending on the results, it may also be sufficient to request provision further assessment in Section F.

  • The report is not designed to be evidence at a tribunal.

Online sensory assessment screen and report

To provide the information, you will complete an online questionnaire.  This will include an assessment called the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM).  The SPM asks parents to rate the child’s responses to different sensations and experiences.  It gives an overall score and summary scores for the senses.

Kim will review the questionnaire, complete your child’s report and signpost relevant sensory support strategies.  Kim has twenty years of experience assessing and supporting children who have sensory processing differences.  She is the director at GriffinOT.

The report will include the SPM scores and an interpretation of sensory patterns from Kim.  Here is a sample report.  The cost of the assessment and report is £119.  This includes the report and strategy tables.

Questionnaires must be completed online, there is an additional administration fee of £80 if a paper copy is returned.  This will need to be paid in advance of the paper copy being processed.

Griffin OT have a fabulous website full of excellent information. Using the online Sensory Screening assessment was really slick; easy to navigate and follow. It absolutely feels like you’re in good hands. The report was easy to read and the support strategies contained detailed professional advice and signposting to support groups. Highly recommended, Kim was supportive, kind and helpful which is great if you are on a steep learning curve to support your child.

Michelle, Parent, UK

This is a really helpful way to get evidence needed for an EHCP without paying for a full assessment. My LA said there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a full assessment, and this contribution proved otherwise. The recommendations are thorough and also really useful for both school and home to aid in support.

Parent, UK

Our sensory assessments aim to provide a quick screen to help you to understand your child’s sensory patterns and to give you the knowledge to know how to support them.

The process

Processing period

Kim processes reports in the order that completed questionnaires are received.  She will not start your child’s report until these are received.  The ten day processing period begins from when the questionnaires are received. It does not start when payment is received.  Kim is sorry she cannot speed up processing times.  It is also your responsibility to return the questionnaires for processing.

Pricing

The sensory processing assessment is only available for families who are based in the UK.  Kim is currently not registered to practice as an occupational therapist outside of the UK.  This is why she can not offer assessments to families in other countries.

Sensory Assessment UK

119£
  • Available in the UK only
  • Summary Report
  • Support Strategies (where relevant)
  • 12 months’ access to GriffinOT’s sensory training

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the report look like?

The report is a summary of the results from your questionnaires.  Where relevant, you will also receive suggested support ideas.  Here is a sample report.  It is created from the information that you provide in the questionnaires.

How long will it take to receive my child’s report?

We aim to send reports within 10 working days of you completing the online questionnaire.  We prioritise reports in order of questionnaire receipt, NOT payment.

When does the report processing period start?

The processing period for reports starts once we have received the completed online questionnaire from you.  It will likely take you a day or two to be ready to complete these, as there are some activities you need to do with your child before you complete the questionnaire.

Can I have my report quicker?

Kim is sorry, but there is no option to speed up the report writing process.  She feels that a 10 working day turn around is much quicker than any other service currently offers.

Can I submit a written copy of the assessment?

Our assessment process is designed to be completed online.  We can accept a written copy from you, however there is an administration fee of £80.  You will need to pay this in advance of the written copy being processed.

How is the report created so quickly and at such a low cost?

After twenty years of writing reports, Kim knows that the best use of the occupational therapist’s expertise is to analyse the results.  This is where she focusses her time.  A template is used to create the draft report.  This pulls in the background information that you have typed into the questionnaires.  Kim then scores and interprets the sensory processing questionnaire.  Next, she tailors the report scores and recommendations to meet your child’s specific sensory processing patterns.  The final report will be specific to your child’s needs.