How learning Sensory Intelligence improved my career

Marieta du Toit - Director - Sensory Coach - Workshop Facilitator - Sensory Intelligence Consulting
Marieta du Toit - Director - Sensory Coach - Workshop Facilitator - Sensory Intelligence Consulting


How learning Sensory Intelligence improved my career

Marieta du Toit, Director, Sensory Coach, Workshop Facilitator at Sensory Intelligence Consulting

I knew I needed to shift gears in my career. I was an occupational therapist, specialising in paediatrics - a dream I had nurtured since my university days. There was nothing more fulfilling than helping little ones overcome their challenges. Their laughter and innocence were my daily dose of happiness. For two decades, this was my world.

But change is often the only constant.

When my family moved to a small coastal town in the Eastern Cape, a fantastic opportunity arose. I could transfer my practice to a prestigious school. It seemed like everything was falling into place. I was ready to embrace this new chapter with open arms.

However, life has a way of throwing curveballs. The new setting, while seemingly ideal, began to take a toll on me. The daily commute on a bustling school bus, the constant sensory overload in my therapy room adjacent to the school playground, and the unpredictable interactions with staff and students began to drain me. I couldn't understand why. I loved my work, so why was I feeling so overwhelmed and anxious?

The answer came in 2017, during Dr Annemarie Lombard's Comprehensive Practitioners      Course. It was a revelation. Through the Sensory Matrix™, I discovered I was a sensory avoider with low sensory thresholds. The noise, the constant movement, the unexpected interactions - they were all too much for my sensory style.

This newfound awareness was my turning point. I realised that to continue thriving in my career, I needed to align my work environment with my sensory needs. The adjustments I made were not just minor tweaks; they were fundamental changes that reshaped my professional life.

I shifted my practice to my home, a sanctuary from sensory overload. Here, in my calm, uncluttered workspace, I found peace and focus. I transitioned from hands-on therapy to online sensory coaching for adults with a need for improved self-understanding and wellness, and workshops      catering to employers to help their employees be healthier and more productive     . No more excessive noise, unpredictable interactions, or uncomfortable physical demands.

More than benefitting my career, these changes rejuvenated my entire being. I became happier, and more likeable      at home - a transformation noticed by my family and friends. My journey with Sensory Intelligence® taught me a vital lesson: self-awareness and self-acceptance are key to personal and professional fulfilment.

So, to those feeling a disconnect with their current path, remember that sometimes it's not about a complete career overhaul. Often, it's about making thoughtful adjustments that align with your inner needs. For me, embracing my sensory style led to a life of joy and satisfaction, both at work and at home.

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About Sensory Intelligence®

Founded in 2003 by registered Occupational Therapist Dr Annemarie Lombard and headquartered in Cape Town, Sensory Intelligence® Consulting consists of a niche group of passionate healthcare professionals experienced in neuroscience.

Sensory Intelligence® Consulting is committed to helping people be healthy, happy, and productive through the 7 senses.

Lombard, who has more than 30 years’ experience and is the author of ‘Sensory Intelligence® – why it matters more than IQ and EQ’, pioneered the Sensory Matrix, a tool that has been designed to assist people understand and manage their 7 senses.

Through the use of revolutionary, innovative, yet simple frameworks of sensory assessments, workshops, and coaching, its clients learn how to engage their 7 senses for improved wellness, relationships, and productivity.

Sensory Intelligence® Consulting won the BPeSA contact centre industry organisations’ “Best Non-Technical Innovation – External Award” in 2010 for their Senses on Call e-assessment tool.


Company Contact:

Dr. Annemarie Lombard

+27 84 661 1010


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