Covid-19 Update:

MindSenseAbility is an essential Alternate Provider of Education and remains fully open during this Covid-19 pandemic. We are providing remote support (phone/video-conferencing) to families/young people and a small amount of direct work when urgently required. All work is undertaken in line with Government health and safety recommendations.   


Welcome to MindSenseAbility

Mind Sense Ability is a specialist service for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and associated conditions. We are based in the New Forest in Hampshire.

MSA was developed by three professionals who have expertise in Education, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Since 2016 our service has continually expanded our multi-discipline team to meet the wide range of therapeutic educational needs of young people.

As both professionals and parents, we understand the challenge of supporting family members in addition to helping them to learn. Key to our approach is building a positive partnership with schools, teachers and those caring for young people.

Our name Mind Sense Ability (MSA) 'joins up' our 3 areas of expertise...

We assess, diagnose and treat a range of conditions including: Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's syndrome), Anxiety and Mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specific learning difficulties, anger and aggression, sensory integration and social communication difficulties.

We offer assessment, therapy and support for occupational challenges and Sensory Integration difficulties. This is provided by specialist occupational therapists trained in sensory integration therapy (SIT). Our goal is to improve skills in self-regulation, motor performance, learning and interaction with others.

Our approach focuses on the 'whole person' and their participation in the world around them. Our aim is to help young people with Autism and Asperger's syndrome get the best out of their education and everyday life. Our bespoke interventions help individuals achieve living, learning and/or employment goals.

Find Us

autism therapy centre

MindSenseAbility Ltd,
Beck Farm Studios,
St. Leonards Road,
Sowley, Lymington,
Hants, SO41 5SR.

If arriving by car there is a parking area to your left as you turn into the drive, behind and below the studios.

Who we are

Dr Fiona Macdiarmid
Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Ros Urwin
Ros Urwin
Dip. COT, MSc
Consultant Occupational Therapist,
Advanced Practitioner Sensory Integration
Sandy Teal
Sandy Teal
Educational Consultant

Sensory Intergration Therapy partners
college of occupational therapists