Parents - Sensory Diet FAQs

1.  What can I expect when my child completes the Sensory Diet program?

This program is designed to address the psycho-social emotional area of functioning. Parents typically report behavioral changes such as: increased attention, improved sleep, increased focus and purposeful interaction.


2.  Will I notice a difference in my child right away?

Most parents report behavioral changes in their child within the first month of the program.


3.  What do the SD fees include?

This is a 4 to 6 month course of intervention that includes:

a) Design of the individualized sensory diet
b) Consultation and delivery of the program
c) Check in
d) Consultation

4.  What if I have questions or concerns before my check in or consultation

Our client care and therapy team are happy to answer any question or address any concern that you may have. Please email your question to and it will be directed to the team member best suited to respond.


5.  What happens after my child has completed the Sensory Diet program?

Once your child has completed the course of therapy, we suggest having an evaluation to identify if there are deficits in the other developmental areas. If there are higher level deficits, we then shift to the consultative model of the home program.

My daughter Taylor was born prematurely at 28 weeks.· Due to her prematurity we were followed by a team of developmental specialists.· Taylor appeared to be developing typically as she met all the developmental milestones.· I still questioned her lack of ability to self calm and issues with balance.· She had trouble with self help skills that she should have been capable of performing at her age.· Her fine motor ability was not where it should be either.· Taylor’s language ability was above average, so she appeared to be brilliant.· I took Taylor to every specialist to check her ears, eyes, cognitive ability, etc.· The reports showed everything was perfect and I was told not to be concerned about anything.· Due to the fact I struggled throughout my childhood and I was seeing in Taylor some of those same issues I had as a child, I was not willing to accept that everything was okay.· I have always had trouble with balance and appropriately judging were my body is in space.· This showed itself in my lack of ability to perform in physical education classes, difficulty learning to ride a bike, trouble jumping robe, etc.· Academically school was always a huge challenge for me.· I was always in the lowest reading group and could never pass math classes.· To this day, I have difficulty with the x’s tables.· Reading and writing was always a struggle for me.· No matter how hard I tried it was difficult to perform.· Multi-tasking was always a huge problem and continues to be something I struggle with today. As I watched my daughter, I was seeing her struggle with the same things I struggled with when I was her age.· I was determined to help her avoid those struggles I dealt with as a child and continue to deal with as an adult.· I brought her to Julia Harper for an evaluation.· In that evaluation my eyes were opened and my prayers were answered in finding the reasons of why and how to fix the problem.· For 40 years I always knew there was something wrong in my development and within minutes I knew through what Taylor’s issues were exactly what mine were too.· I thank God every day for Julia and for putting her in Taylor’s life.· Through the H.O.P.E. program Taylor will not have to struggle and learn to compensate to get through life.· The knowledge and understanding Julia and her team have on development surpasses anything I have ever seen.· Within weeks of Taylor starting treatment her balance improved.· She was sleeping better.· After being on an antacid drug for 4 years she was able to not have to take it anymore.· Her self help skills improved and her ability to self calm improved.· During this course of treatment, I see changes daily.· I am so thankful for Therpeeds and the work they are doing for Taylor.· I feel every parent should be aware of what should take place in development and question until you receive answers that make sense.· So many children like me slip through the cracks, because they meet the developmental milestones and can compensate for some of the skills they are lacking.· From experience, it is very difficult to have to compensate all the time.· I thank God every day that Taylor will not have to compensate and her development is moving in the way it should.· I will forever be in gratitude to Julia and her team for giving Taylor the help she needed to be successful in life.

Lisa T.
Pembroke Pines, FL

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