Christchurch Occupational Therapists
ph 027 940 1760



Welcome to Therapy Sense

"Helping children overcome developmental challenges in their movement, play, learning, attention and behaviour"

Our purpose

Therapy Sense helps children overcome personal & physical developmental challenges and learning frustrations that can otherwise prevent them from functioning optimally, independently and confidently in school and social settings. 

We are here for your family

Working closely with parents, carers, teachers and other medical & health professionals, our Paediatric team provides Occupational Therapy services to children with developmental challenges due to a wide range of physical/ neurological/ cognitive and sensory reasons. We offer a coordinated team approach to facilitate the best outcomes for you and your child.

When to get an assessment

We assess and treat child development challenges from birth; including sensory, motor, visual perceptual and cognitive functions, which are foundations for organisational and functional skills that kids need for learning, school participation, and daily living skills. 

An Occupational Therapy assessment is recommended when children are having difficulty with specific learning tasks such as handwriting, gross and fine motor delays, poor focus, difficulty with initiating and finishing tasks or self organisation, difficulties with sensory modulation/ processing, social interaction or self care skills. Our focus is on enhancing child development

The duration for our Occupational Therapy assessment is approximately 1 1/2 hours. We use a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments and clinical observations to test for:

  • Visual perception 
  • Tracking & visual memory
  • Handwriting and letter formation
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Gross Motor / Fine Motor skills
  • Sensory Processing/ sensory modulation
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
  • Reflexes

Children learn through playing, and observations in a play environment are important to help identify areas of concern.


We offer individual and specialist group programmes. Because all children are individual, these  programmes are tailored to the child's needs. Our sessions are fun and play based with a therapeutic and skills enhancing approach. We offer a holistic approach and the approach taken will depend on the needs of your child. This could include; a neurodevelopmental, sensorimotor, sensory integration, biomechanical, occupational performance or skills acquisitions approach.

Booking an Appointment

To book an appointment please call 027 9401760.  We accept referrals from other health providers or you may self refer. Your wait time will be no longer than 1-2 weeks for your first appointment. Just pick up the phone and call us if you would like to discuss. We are a friendly team and here to help.


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