Sensory integration therapy is a direct, one-to-one clinic-based therapy for children and adults who have been assessed to have a level of sensory interference or dysfunction. In reality, this treatment, where undertaken at all, tends to focus on children more than adults. Some consideration was being given to including sensory integration therapy in children’s Education, Health and Care plans but before this could be done it was important to determine how effective this therapy was in supporting sensory integration.
As there is now a greater awareness of the impact of sensory integration therapy, the CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria felt they needed to develop a commissioning policy for this treatment. This would assess the latest clinical evidence and determine whether there were grounds to fund this treatment and, if so, the clinical circumstances that should be met for any funding to take place. A commissioning policy would also determine whether there were not enough grounds to support funding.