Sensory Program


The Sensory Program focuses on sensory integration, rehabilitation and quality of life. Our skilled staff provide services through a variety of different modalities based on the individual needs of the people we support. 

Every moment of every day, we take in sensory information from our bodies and the world around us. Our brains are programmed naturally to organize and integrate the information we get through our senses and make it meaningful. This is called sensory integration. 

Sensory integration allows us to respond automatically, appropriately and efficiently to the specific sensory inputs we receive. The people Aptus supports frequently experience impairments in the way they integrate, process and organize sensory information. As a result, they often feel confused, stressed, frustrated, fearful or anxious. They then may express their discomfort by “acting out” aggressive behaviour. At other times, they may withdraw, turning inward on themselves. Often, their behavioural responses can be inconsistent or even appear contradictory, from day-to-day, or even hour-to-hour. 

Our aim is to not just to reduce anxiety in the short term, but to have those we support engaging in their communities, developing coping strategies, learning self-regulation for themselves and finding their self-expression. Over time, a state of ‘calm alertness’ is developed. This creates a foundation for the development of perceptual and cognitive skills, communication, interaction, play, self-care skills, and body awareness that empowers and improves social integration.