The story behind Melbourne's sensory & educational toy store


The Psychology of The Sensory Specialist

Hi there and welcome! I'm Sarah and I am the owner of The Sensory Specialist. The Sensory Specialist is an online small business based in Bentleigh, Melbourne.

I am a Victorian registered teacher with University qualifications in Education and Psychology. I am also a mum to two energetic boys. I decided to use my expertise to start this small business, as I am passionate about special needs education and childhood development.

The Sensory Specialist was created to deliver high quality sensory toys, educational games and therapy-based products to families across Australia. With a boutique product range, my mission is to provide support to people with special needs, NDIS participants and the whole family.

The Expert you can trust

I have spent over a decade teaching Psychology in several of Bayside's best Government schools. During this time I worked closely with a number of children and families with special needs, including hearing impairments, Autism (ASD), ADHD, OCD, anxiety and cerebral palsy.

I also began integrating sensory calming tools into my home when my oldest child started to experience emotional and social distress due to Melbourne's extended and harsh lockdowns.

I have witnessed the significant role that sensory, educational and therapy-based products play in childhood learning and development. I saw that Melbourne needed The Sensory Specialist - somewhere where families could access therapy-based products that didn't cost a fortune or have long wait times.

Why shop with The Sensory Specialist?

Although we are based in Bentleigh, Melbourne - we are an online store, meaning we are open for shopping 24hrs a day! Convenient for late night online shopping which is especially important for the current lockdowns in Melbourne and other parts of Australia.

I pride myself on using only the best Australian suppliers. This means you know that all our products meet Australian safety standards. The best part? Shopping with The Sensory Specialist means you are supporting Australian small business! You will get your products quickly as they are already here in our Melbourne warehouse, rather than needing to be shipped from overseas.

Are you an NDIS Australia participant? Purchase from The Sensory Specialist with your NDIS funds.

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A boutique shopping experience from the comfort of your home or office.

You may have noticed The Sensory Specialist does not stock thousands of products. I have done the hard work for you! Using my qualifications and Psychology-based background, I have researched, trialed and hand selected all the products I stock. This makes The Sensory Specialist a boutique brand. My two sons also trial and test out our products to ensure they are engaging, fun and durable. 

Personalised concierge service

Like many of you, I am also a parent. I understand the need to get the best products and service for your child in a quick time frame. Shopping with The Sensory Specialist means you are getting a personalised service - dealing with the owner directly with no middle man in between. You will receive professional yet friendly communication, and someone who values their relationships and connections with their customers.

Looking for a specific sensory toy or special needs resource?

If you are after something specific but haven't been able to find it, please feel free to contact me. I have numerous suppliers across Australia and will get your product in stock for you if I can.

Contact Sarah now via Email
or call 0451 347 047

The Sensory Specialist
0451 347 047
31 Renown St
Bentleigh VIC 3204
by appointment only