top of page

Sensory Processing Challenges


Sensory processing refers to how the nervous system receives, organizes, and responds to sensory input from the environment. Typically, this is discussed in the context of children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), but it's important to note that adults can also experience sensory processing challenges.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) can help people of all ages - from children and youth, to adults to address the sensory processing difficulties affecting their participation in various life roles.

In adults, sensory processing issues might manifest differently compared to children. Some common signs of sensory processing difficulties in adults can include:

Overwhelm in Stimulating Environments: Adults with sensory processing issues may feel overwhelmed or anxious in environments with a lot of sensory input, such as crowded places or loud events.

Heightened Sensitivity: They might be more sensitive to certain sensory stimuli, such as noise, light, textures, or smells, leading to discomfort or distress.

Difficulty Filtering Information: Adults with sensory processing challenges may have difficulty filtering out irrelevant sensory information, making it hard to focus or concentrate in busy environments.​

Seeking or Avoiding Certain Sensations: Some adults may seek out certain sensory experiences, such as rocking or fidgeting, to regulate their sensory input. Conversely, others may avoid certain sensations altogether.

Impact on Daily Life: Sensory processing issues can impact various aspects of daily life, including work, parenting, social interactions, and self-care activities.

It's essential for individuals experiencing sensory processing difficulties to seek support from healthcare professionals, such as occupational therapists, who can provide strategies and interventions to help manage sensory sensitivities and improve overall quality of life.

Sensory Processing Support

At Thrive Therapy, we offer specialized support to help individuals overcome sensory processing challenges. Our team of dedicated occupational therapists are here to provide personalized care and support to meet your unique needs.


Assessment & Evaluation

Our assessment and evaluation service is designed to identify and understand the specific sensory processing challenges you or your loved one may be facing. Through comprehensive evaluations, we gather valuable information to develop a tailored treatment plan.


Sensory-Motor Framwork

Occupational Therapy sessions will focus on improving sensory processing abilities and enhancing overall functioning. Using evidence-based techniques, we create a therapeutic environment to help individuals develop adaptive responses to sensory stimuli.

Client Education & Support

We believe in empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to support their own unique sensory needs. Our client education and support services provide valuable resources, strategies, and guidance to promote a positive sensory environment at home and in the workplace.

bottom of page