A person may come to an Occupational Therapist seeking information on their Sensory Preferences. They may want to know if they are sensitive to visual input or seeking of movement or strategies to manage their sensations. An Occupational Therapist can provide assistance with this information by using assessment measures such as Winnie Dunn's Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile.
Sometimes when we are discussing Sensory Preferences, we work out that the sensitivity to sensory stimuli has only been for a short period of time. This can indicate an underlying medical condition including physical or mental health issue. An Occupational Therapist will often refer a person back to their Doctor or another health practitioner to assist with this.
Some of the medical conditions that can be confused with a sensory processing issue include tinnitus, hyperacusis, glaucoma and post traumatic stress disorder.
It is worthwhile to speak to an Occupational Therapist to understand your senses, your preferences and to assist in the process of identifying underlying medical conditions.