Sensory environment audit service

A bespoke sensory environment audit service

We offer a bespoke sensory environment audit service. This is to ensure environments are inclusive, accessible and meet sensory needs. Our qualified Occupational therapists with post graduate qualifications in Sensory integration (SI education or CLASI) and Lived experience consultants work in partnership with organisation such as education providers, residential homes or NHS to provide recommendations on sensory needs and how the environment impacts recovery and learning needs.

Why does my setting need to audit the sensory environment?

  • We can provide specific advice regarding environmental changes, equipment, approaches and strategies to support underlying health conditions.
  • This will enable the education or clinic environments to be more accessible to those with sensory needs which will enhance and enable participation within activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • There is increasing evidence that individuals with sensory processing challenges are accessing many environments which are not supporting their sensory needs. If someone’s sensory needs are being impacted negatively, this will impact their availability for learning and recovery (2021, S.Maslin, Designing Mind-Friendly Environments)

What does a sensory audit involve?

  • A walkthrough of the environment by our specialists using audit tools which look at all the sensory systems. A report outlining of areas that present challenges and barriers to those with sensory processing needs and ideas to overcome these.
  • Advice and strategies to improve accessibility and inclusivity to those with sensory processing needs.
  • Examples of adaptations and equipment which would suit individual budgets and environments

How does this help?

  • The NHS Long term act, 2019, has stated that health services need to make reasonable adjustments for autistic people need for promoting well-being recovery.
  • Neurodiversity conditions are recognised as a long-term condition and as such under the terms of the Equality Act 2010, requires that reasonable adjustments be made within learning environments.