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Sensory processing difficulties

Making sense of senses!

Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will typically have sensory processing difficulties associated with their diagnosis. Children who are neurodiverse or who have another neurodisability may also have sensory processing difficulties.  Difficulties processing sensory information can make every day activities challenging for children and their families.

The Sensory Service Therapy team at the Ryegate Children’s Centre have put together the following resources, which are aimed at helping families of children with sensory processing difficulties.

Making Sense of Your Senses – Resources

The ‘Making Sense of Your Senses’ downloadable pdf booklet includes key information and ideas about how to help your child if they experience sensory processing difficulties. This is accompanied by the four demonstration videos, (using a gym ball and using a ‘hands on’ technique).

Steam rollers

Using a gym ball to keep moving

Superhero rocks!

Hands on technique

Making sense – bite-sized sensory workshop presentation parts one to seven

For more detailed information and theory around sensory processing to help you to understand your child’s needs, have a listen to our PowerPoint presentation, which we have split into 7 ‘bite-size’ sections.

Sensory Top Tips

Our downloadable ‘Sensory Top Tips’ information sheets provide ideas to help with some of the everyday challenges that children with sensory processing difficulties frequently experience. You can print these off for yourself or to share with other people who know your child.

About the Sensory Service

At the Ryegate Children’s Centre, we do not provide individual sensory assessments. Our aim is to provide resources that can help parents and carers to better understand their child’s sensory needs, both now and in future, as we know that those needs will change and evolve as a child develops and moves through life-stages.

We do not offer Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy (ASI) at the Ryegate Children’s Centre. ASI is a form of therapy which claims to change the child’s underlying neural pathways and remedy the child’s impairment in sensory processing. It is not an approach that is recommended in the NICE guidelines for Autism.

Our Therapists deliver training to school staff about sensory processing and we are aiming to support all schools in Sheffield to be ‘sensory friendly’.


If you think your child has sensory processing difficulties, please talk to any healthcare professional already working with your child. They can help you to unpick your child’s behaviours and whether they are sensory or have another cause. Healthcare professionals who know your child can make a referral to the Ryegate Children’s Centre Sensory Service.

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