October is Sensory Awareness Month

Most people know about the 5 senses they use to experience their environment, but did you know that there are 2 more senses that provide feedback about your own body?  What if your nervous system did not adequately process the sensory information from your body and the environment?  Individuals who have a sensory processing disorder and/or poor sensory integration can have difficulty with perceiving and discriminating between various sensory stimuli, which makes learning new motor skills difficult.  Or they might have difficulty modulating the nervous system’s response to various sensations and exhibit a hypo-, hyper-, or mixed-sensitivity that impairs their ability to sustain attention or adequately regulate their emotions and cope with various scenarios.


Does this sound like your child?


  • Dislikes the textures and feel of clothing?http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-i-will-not-eat-image5306075
  • Dislikes hair being brushed or combed?
  • Dislikes socks and shoes?
  • Becomes upset if socks and shoes are removed?
  • Dislikes particular smells?
  • Has a limited diet or is described as a picky eater?

If this sounds like your child, your child may have difficulty processing sensory information …


Read Marie’s story


Does this sound like your child?


  • Dislikes playgrounds?
  • Is older than 5 years of age and does not yet know how to pump a swing?
  • Seems fearful of riding escalators, elevators, or amusement park rides?
  • Dislikes being on high surfaces or needs to have his/her feet on the ground?

If this sounds like your child, your child may have difficulty processing sensory information . . .

Read Bobby’s Story

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

The first step in the process is to determine whether or not your child would benefit from receiving occupational therapy services at ITS, Inc.  Once we receive your inquiry, a member of our staff will contact you in order to gain a better understanding of your concerns.  We ask that parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) complete the intake forms (which are downloadable from the Forms page of our website) and return them to our office so that we can determine what would be the best assessment for your child.  If you would prefer to speak in person with a member of our staff, we would be happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you for a complimentary consult and tour.


Does my child have to be assessed at ITS, Inc. in order to receive occupational therapy services?

We believe that good services begin with an in-depth assessment.  If your child has received an occupational therapy evaluation within the last year, we ask that you bring us a copy of the report for our review.  Assessments performed at other facilities may or may not provide the information we need in order to initiate services.


Will my insurance cover occupational therapy services at Irvine Therapy Services, Inc.?

Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. accepts some Blue Shield of California PPO insurance plans. We are not providers for Covered California plans.  It has come to our attention over the past year that some insurance brokers or Blue Shield themselves have erroneously informed individuals that we accept their insurance plan.  Please contact our office prior to your visit for insurance benefit verification.


What if Irvine Therapy Services is not an in-network provider with my insurance plan?

If Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. is an out-of-network provider for your insurance plan, you will be responsible for all charges.  You can then submit a claim to your insurance company directly for reimbursement; however, Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. does not guarantee that your insurance company will accept your claim.  Please contact our office for questions regarding billing and insurance coverage.


Contact Us

Irvine Therapy Services, Inc.
16631 Noyes Avenue
Irvine, California 92606

(949) 252-9946


We are located between the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) on the north and the San Diego Freeway (I-405) on the south, and between the Costa Mesa Freeway (CA-55) on the west and Jamboree Road on the east.

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