Sensory Processing Service

The Humber Sensory Processing Service is a specialist service providing support to children who have sensory processing difficulties. This service is for children with a Hull or East Riding GP. The Sensory Processing Service is a small team of sensory trained therapists. The therapists provide advice and formal sensory processing assessments (criteria requirement for formal assessment).

The service also hosts this website and provides training about sensory processing difficulties. Referrals for the service are to be completed by qualified health and social care professionals and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos).  The referral form is available on this website,  on the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust website or on the Local Offer page. The service operates Monday to Friday 9-5.

Service Criteria

  • Parent/carer have accessed and implemented strategies from the Humber Sensory Processing Hub (website). 
  • Aged between 0 and 18 years.
  • Registered to a Hull or East Riding General Practitioner.
  • Referral completed by a qualified health or social care professional or SENCo.
  • Parent/carer consented to referral.
  • Sensory processing differences having a significant impact on mental health and/or physical well-being in more than one environment.
  • Sensory processing differences that are severe and longstanding and are having a direct impact on their daily functioning.

Sensory Processing Pathway

Stage 1
Sensory Processing Hub

Access the Humber Sensory Processing Hub (website) to further understand how sensory processing 

differences impact the child/young person. Read about the 8 sensory systems, access the resources, and implement relevant strategies at home and in the learning environment. 

Stage 2
Advice & Consultation

Stage 1 completed – It is identified that further support is required and a referral is made to the Sensory Processing Service (service criteria to be met).

If the referral is accepted and criteria met, a telephone appointment will be offered to provide advice

and consultation. This can include targeted strategies and invitations to workshops. 

Once parent/carer is equipped with these targeted strategies they will be advised to contact the 

service by email within three months if further support is required for a follow up consultation.

Stage 3
Further Assessment

Additional sensory processing assessment is identified as a need by one of the Therapists. A face to face clinic appointment will be offered.

It should also be noted that ‘Sensory Processing Disorder’ is not recognised as an independent 

diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5).