We are now offering completely customized virtual programs! Schedule a program today.

Sensory Processing Disorder

Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Having sensory processing disorder means your brain has problems interpreting the information it receives from your senses, particularly sound and vision. The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, has considerable experience in helping people of all ages who have sensory processing disorder to improve their quality of life. Call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today to find out more about therapies for sensory processing disorder. The clinic is now offering telehealth to patients in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Napa, Orinda, Hillsborough, Belvedere Tiburon, Blackhawk, Noe Valley, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and La Jolla

Sensory Processing Disorder Q & A

Email Us


What is sensory processing disorder?

People who have sensory processing disorder or sensory processing issues struggle to process and organize the information they receive through their senses. This means they can be either overly sensitive or under-sensitive to sensory input, or both.

Sensory processing disorder can have a significant impact on learning. Children can start to avoid specific tasks or dislike being in particular environments.

What kinds of sensory processing disorders are there?

There are two key types of sensory processing disorders:

Auditory processing disorder

Children who have this condition can’t process sounds correctly because their ears and brain aren’t coordinating properly. In a quiet environment, children who have auditory processing disorder are usually able to hear sounds more clearly but have trouble when there’s background noise.

Visual processing disorder

With visual processing disorder, your child can have perfect 20/20 vision, but not be able to tell a circle from a square. This is because the processing of visual information occurs in the brain rather than the eyes, so if there’s a cognitive impairment, it doesn’t matter how well your eyes work, your brain still sees something different.

Sensory processing disorders often exist alongside learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, or depression. 

How does neurofeedback help with sensory processing disorder?

Neurofeedback is a noninvasive therapy that corrects problems caused by imbalanced brain waves. Neurofeedback treatment at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic involves targeting the processing centers in the brain. This helps to change your brain activity and strengthen the processing areas in your brain, and this, in turn, can address your symptoms.  

Many clients at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic have had great success combining neurofeedback with the clinic’s educational therapy program. Often, children’s progress can slow down when they follow traditional forms of tutoring or even remedial programs.

By combining neurofeedback with educational therapy, it’s possible to target the foundational skills that need developing, while at the same time targeting specific areas in the brain to promote optimal activity.

These learning skills have to be taught using direct, clear, multisensory instruction. Relieving anxiety or increasing attention and focus through neurofeedback or brain training improves your ability to engage in educational therapy. 

What other therapies are there for sensory processing disorder?

Other therapies the team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic uses for sensory processing disorder include:


LearningRx is a skill-based training program that uses challenging but fun brain games to improve cognitive skills. It can help with selective, divided, and sustained attention, long-term, working, or short-term memory, auditory processing, logic and reasoning, visual processing, cognitive shift, and processing speed.

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)

Multisensory intervention iLs is based on the science of neuroplasticity. It uses a repeated, simultaneous, multisensory approach to help the brain grow, change, and create new pathways in response to stimulation and input. The iLs program integrates music, movement, and language to improve brain function.


Cogmed Working Memory Training® is a program that exercises your working memory. By strengthening your working memory, you can benefit from an improved ability to stay focused and ignore distractions, and your learning skills will improve. 

Vision training

Vision training is very beneficial for processing disorders. About 67% of neural connections are in the visual centers or related to visual information. Neurovisual training can help improve or even resolve newfound processing difficulties. The Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic team focuses on areas such as working memory, attention span, and processing speed to help strengthen your weaker areas.

To find out more about therapies for sensory processing disorder, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today.



Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
366 S. California Avenue, Suite 14
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-204-4779
Fax: 650-204-6502
Office Hours

Get in touch