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Self-Report Assessment for Children and Lower-Functioning Adolescents and Adults with Autism
With Alison Wheeland, OTS - Fieldwork Level II Student

This webinar addresses the importance of assessing the personal experience of a person with autism for creating goals and treatment plans, and discusses some of the methods that can be used to modify standardized assessments to be appropriate for lower-functioning clients, as well as the factors that need to be taken into consideration for adolescents and adults. Worth a total of 1.5 contact hours or .15 AOTA CEUs.
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What Happens When Autism Grows Up
With Cristin M. Holland, OTS - Fieldwork Level II Student

This webinar presents an overview of current literature and information on adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders, including information on sensory processing, motor performance, and co-morbidities. Sensory integration intervention implications and strategies are discussed, and additional resources for older populations with Autism Specturm Disorder are presented. Worth a total for 1.5 contact hours or .15 AOTA CEUs.
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LiveTalks are one hour podcasts on a variety topics. Information is generally introductory and appropriate for a variety of professional audiences. LiveTalks are audio only and typically do not include additional notes.

About the download:
This download is a .zip file. Included in the .zip are the .mp3 LiveTalk, a PDF with the course description, a PDF with instructions on how to access the CEU exam. Any additional notes or resources will also be included as PDF files. Please note that while the actual .mp3 LiveTalk is compatible with most devices, additional apps or software may be needed to download and unzip the compressed file on mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads.
2016 Series: Advances in Autism
Advances in Effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration® Using the Data-Driven Decision Making Model with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Roseann Schaaf will discuss the results of her ground-breaking randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention® with children with autism and will describe the clinical reasoning model she developed for the study. The Data-Driven Decision Making Model is a replicable method for applying evidence-based practice methods to clinical practice on a day to day basis. Dr. Schaaf will describe the decision making process and familiarize participants with the key components of clinical reasoning for sensory integration-based intervention. She will also discuss her new book Clinician’s Guide for Implementing Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention®.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Understanding Brain Neurochemistry, Gastro-Intestinal Problems and Mitochondrial Difficulties in Children with ASD
with Margaret L. Bauman, MD

In this LiveTalk, Dr. Bauman will discuss the groundbreaking research on Autism Spectrum Disorder conducted at the Autism Research Foundation. Current studies that will be discussed include the influence of stress on gastro-intestinal problems and the manifestation of behaviors; influence of brain neurochemistry and hormones on severity of autism symptoms; and the impact of mitochondrial disorders in the treatment of autism. Implications of findings in these studies for professionals treating children will ASD will be discussed.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Advocacy and Facilitating Potential in Individuals with ASD
with Barbara Cutler, EdD

In this LiveTalk, Dr. Cutler will discuss practical strategies that parents and professionals can use to advocate for their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a strong supporter of increased recognition of sensory and motor problems in children with ASD she has developed the RESPECT ME model of advocacy which highlights the importance of accommodations, communication and respect in promoting the potential of all individuals with ASD. She support parents to become vocal, visible, knowledgeable, and relentless in order to become an effective advocates for their children. Dr. Cutler’s strategies are as effective for other practitioners working with children with ASD as they are for parents.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Understanding and Treating Adults and Adolescents with ASD
with Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP

A whole generation of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is now growing into adulthood and clinicians are increasingly faced with the need to assess and treat older adolescents and adults with ASD. This LiveTalk will discuss the unique sensory and motor needs which may interfere with the daily life functioning skills of this population. Sensory integration-based intervention goals and strategies that relate to increasing participation and daily function that may be unique to them will be explored. Recent research on this special population of adults will also be addressed.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Managing Behaviors in Children with ASD: Facilitating ABA and Sensory Integration Collaboration
with Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder receive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services.  Historically, there is little communication between occupational therapists using a sensory integration approach and BCBA’s and often there is friction and disagreement about intervention approaches among the professional involved.  Collaboration and understanding among professionals working with children with ASD is needed to best meet the needs of the child.  This talk will discuss how occupational therapists using a sensory integration frame of reference can understand behavioral principles, collaborate with BCBA’s and integrate principles of behavior analysis in their intervention programming to address challenging behavioral needs of children with ASD.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Understanding and Treating Play from a Sensory Integrative Perspective in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Heather Miller Kuhanek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

It is well known that children with autism spectrum disorder demonstrated decreased play skills compared to typically functioning peers, yet occupational therapists still do not often emphasize play in their intervention. However, occupational therapists using a sensory integration frame of reference routinely use play activities to develop sensory processing and praxis skills in these children. This talk will present the current understanding of the relationship among sensory processing, praxis and play skills in children with ASD and will discuss intervention strategies to address play deficits in these children.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Dr. Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Autism is characterized by difficulties in social-communication and sensory processing problems.  In recent years there has been an increased awareness of sensory and social-communication differences in infants as early markers of later autism spectrum disorder.  This program with internationally noted occupational therapist, Dr. Grace Baranek, will discuss her research on early identification of sensory processing and social-communication features in children with autism. This LiveTalk will highlight the importance of examining sensory processing as well as social-communication risk factors for early identification of autism and related developmental disorders; and will discuss her work on the underlying mechanisms, development, and effects on daily activities and social development of the sensory features of autism.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Advances in Overcoming and Living Fully with Autism
with Dr. Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L

Understanding the perspective of individuals with autism spectrum disorder can be challenging.  Even more so is knowing what to expect from individuals with ASD and having an idea of what the future might hold for a child with ASD.  Dr. Bill Wong is an occupational therapist diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who speaks candidly and with passion about how to be a self advocate, how he overcomes the challenges of autism and how others with autism can live fully in achieving one’s goals.  This livetalk will discuss Dr. Wong’s inspirational journey and he will offer his first-hand advice on topics from supporting OT employees and students with ASD to helping young adults with ASD transition to academic and work environments to providing professionals and parents with important information on how to accept, encourage and support those in their lives with autism to truly live life fully. 

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
2015 Series: Sensory Integration and Mental Health Concerns
Sensory Integration and PTSD in Veterans
with Judith G. Kimball, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Post-traumatic stress disorder interferes with daily life roles including sleep, attention, and quality of life both immediately after traumatic events and for extended periods afterwards. Understanding how PTSD relates to sensory processing and how sensory- based interventions can facilitate performance in individuals with PTSD is important information for anyone working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Sensory Integration in Teens and Young Adults: A Personal Perspective
with Ronald Tirella

The reality is that children with sensory integration problems grow up to be teenagers, then adults, with sensory integration problems; each new life stage brings new expectations, and demands. A good therapist understands the differences in how young adults experience sensory dysfunction, and how it impacts their lives, and knows that most valuable sources of information on these topics are the people who live with them.
In this LiveTalk participants will hear from Mr. Ronald Tirella, who was diagnosed with and began receiving treatment for sensory processing difficulties as a teenager. Participants will hear firsthand his experiences growing up and living with sensory integration problems and receiving sensory integration intervention.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Developmental Trauma Disorder and the 'Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment' (SMART) Model
with Elizabeth Warner, PsyD

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a diagnostic criteria authored by Bessel van der Kolk and colleagues that was proposed for the DSM-5. DTD is the disruption of normal childhood development as a result of growing up in a context of ongoing danger, maltreatment, unpredictability, and/or neglect.
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) is a model of psychotherapy for traumatized children and adolescents. It draws upon sensory integration based occupational therapy and other body-oriented therapies and is designed to treat regulation problems commonly associated with trauma through active therapy in a room that allows for movement and play. In this LiveTalk we speak with SMART project director Elizabeth Warner about this model and, specifically, how it is applied to the treatment of children and adolescents with DTD.
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
The Sensory Connection: Body/Mind Approaches to Treatment of Mental Health Concerns
with Karen M. Moore, OTR/L

This LiveTalk will discuss the Sensory Connection Program. The Sensory Connection Program is an occupational therapy based program grounded in a person-centered, strength oriented, skill building model of care. It uses individual and group treatment, sensory diets, and sensory sensitive environments such as sensory rooms to build sensory strategies. Sensory strategies initially focus on essential building blocks of self-awareness and self-acceptance, then move on to self-regulation, self-care, and eventually self-healing. Though initially designed for adults, this program is also applicable to adolescents and may be used in both individual and group interventions.
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Institutionalized and Adopted Children
with Mary-Margaret Windsor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will address the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on the lives of institutionalized and adopted children. Challenging factors contributing to PTSD in this population, including the nature of institutional environments in difficulties in attachment and bonding in adopted children, will be discussed, as possible support options and intervention approaches for caregivers and professionals.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Addressing Trauma in Residential and School Settings
with Margaret “Peg” Ingolia, MS, OTR/L

School and residential settings present unique challenges for therapists treating children and adolescents. These challenges can be further compounded by the particular needs of clients with trauma and mental health concerns. This LiveTalk will address sensory integration-based treatment strategies for this population as well as how to implement interventions in residential and school settings.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
SAFE PLACE: An Interdisciplinary Sensory Integration and Mental Health Intervention for Children with Trauma
with Sarah Sawyer, MS, OTR/L and Marsha Raredon, OTR/L

SAFE PLACE is an intervention model which integrates sensory integration intervention strategies with a mental health approach to promote self-regulation, trauma healing, and attachment. This LiveTalk will discuss the key components, intervention approaches and strategies used in this interdisciplinary approach.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Managing Anxiety and Panic Disorders in Adolescents and Adults with Sensory Processing Disorder
with Sharon Heller, PhD

Individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders, especially adolescents and adults, frequently experience co-morbid mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression or panic disorders. Many times these concerns are misdiagnosed as mental health problems but may in reality be based on the individual’s lived sensory experience. This LiveTalk will discuss how these two problem areas overlap as well as signs, symptoms and strategies for identifying and managing anxiety and panic disorders in adolescents and adults with sensory processing problems.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Sensory Integration and Trauma-Informed Treatment for Children and their Caregivers: A Systemic Approach
with Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC

Addressing sensory and trauma-related issues in children can be a challenge for both parents and therapists (occupational therapists and mental health professionals alike). Increasingly, trauma-informed intervention programs are involving parents in the intervention process. This LiveTalk will discuss the interface between problems in sensory integration processing and trauma-informed care for children and the role that caregivers can take in addressing these problems.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Implementing Sensory Modulation Strategies in Mental Health Settings
Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR/L, CCAP

Individuals with mental health concerns and those who have experienced trauma frequently demonstrate difficulties with sensory processing related to self-regulation. Most often this encompasses problems with sensory modulation. This month’s LiveTalk will discuss the importance of understanding how sensory modulation problems and neuromodulation difficulties are reflected in interventions for individuals with a variety of mental health concerns from children to adulthood and across practice settings. The Sensory Modulation Program developed by Dr. Champagne will be discussed.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
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Sensory Integration and Mental Health Concerns Bundle
Save 25% when you purchase all ten 2015 LiveTalks.
Add to Cart Cost: $188.00
2014 Series: Treatment Tips and Tricks
Treating Sensory Modulation and Sensory Defensiveness
with Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will provide practical treatment strategies and activities for addressing sensory modulation and sensory defensiveness issues in children.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Mastering Praxis Intervention
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will provide practical strategies and activities for facilitating the development of praxis in children with sensory problems.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Auditory Interventions for Therapists
with Alex Doman, CEO

This LiveTalk will address the foundations of and interventions for the auditory system. A variety of sound-based programs for addressing this area of function will be discussed as well as rationale and clinical reasoning for selecting given interventions.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Vestibular Activities in Natural Environments
with Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will discuss how to provide vestibular and other movement-based activities in natural environments including home and school, the clinical reasoning and rationale for given interventions, and problem solving on how to engage others in promoting movement experiences for children.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Promoting Oculo-Motor Control
with Celia A. Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD

This LiveTalk discusses interventions for oculo-motor difficulties. The interplay between vestibular dysfunction and oculo-motor problems is particularly important for therapists to address, and optimum intervention often includes collaboration with behavioral or developmental optometrists. Listeners will learn about signs and symptoms of ocular dysfunction and examine when therapists should refer to outside professionals, as well as the rationale and clinical reasoning for given interventions and activities.

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Facilitating Oral Motor Skills
with Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L

This LiveTalk discusses interventions for promoting oral motor skills in children and the rationale and clinical reasoning behind them. Listeners will also learn about respiratory functions and their relationship with oral motor success and difficulty

Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Treating Tactile and Proprioceptive Processing
with Jeannetta D. Burpee, MEd., OTR/L

This LiveTalk addresses the difficulties associated with tactile and proprioceptive processing issues, as well as relevant intervention techniques and the rationale and clinical reasoning behind them.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Strategies for Postural Control Intervention
with Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR

Posture can be a difficult area to treat, and therapists can often find themselves stuck on how to proceed with facilitating postural control. In these cases integrating manual therapies, like myofascial release, with sensory integration-based occupational therapy may help. In this LiveTalk you will learn how to recognize common postural problems, when certain interventions or combined interventions are appropriate, and what the clinical reasoning behind chosen treatments is.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Supporting the Social Emotional Needs of Children in SI Intervention
with Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

To master the art of sensory integration intervention the therapist must not only engage a child in purposeful therapeutic activities, but also remain ever cognizant of the child’s social-emotional state and needs. This LiveTalk addresses how to recognize and meet those needs, as well as how to orchestrate SI intervention sessions that develop a therapeutic alliance with the child and create a ‘Just Right’ challenge.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Facilitating Fine Motor Skills Development
with Rhoda P. Erhardt, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Rhoda Erhardt, renowned expert in children's fine motor development, will join us for our final LiveTalk of 2014 to discuss the problems and challenges associated with delays in fine motor skills. In addition to providing practical strategies for intervention, she will also discuss the rationale and clinical reasoning needed to treat this problem area.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
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Treatment Tips and Tricks Bundle
Save 25% when you purchase all ten 2014 LiveTalks.
Add to Cart Cost: $188.00
2013 Series: Neurobytes
Understanding the Visual System
with Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the visual system and clinical rationale for visual-based intervention programs.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Unraveling the Auditory System
with Ron Minson, MD

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the auditory system. Listeners will learn how this system impacts functional performance, motor skills, and language processing, as well as the rationale and clinical reasoning behind selected auditory interventions.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
What is the Proprioceptive System
with Erna Blanche, Ph.D., OTR

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology of the proprioceptive system. Listeners will learn about the functions and roles of proprioceptive in puts in motor performance, and the differences between proprioception and deep touch pressure and the roles they play in self-regulation.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Foundations of Praxis
with Sharon Cermak, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk discusses the neurology and functions of the of the praxis system. Listeners will learn about the functions and roles of sensory inputs, motor planning, and other praxis functions in motor performance.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
The Role of the Limbic System
with Gretchen Reeves, Ph.D., OTR

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the limbic system. Listeners will learn about the functions and roles of how it influences and regulates emotion and memory. How the limbic system has functions related to the reticular activating system and its role in sensory processing and motor performance is also covered. 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
The Power of the Cerebellum
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the cerebellum and how to apply this information to praxis skills and other areas of functioning.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Demystifying the Vestibular System
with Mary Kawar, MS, OT/L

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the vestibular system and how to apply this information to oculo-motor control, motor skills development, and functional performance.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Investigating the Complexity of the Tactile System
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will discuss the neurology and function of the tactile system and how to apply this information to the development of skill, performance, and practice.
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
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Neurobytes Bundle
Save 25% when you purchase all eight 2013 LiveTalks
Add to Cart Cost: $150.00
2012 Series: Evening with an Expert
Trauma, Attachment, and Sensory Processing Disorder
with Jane Koomar, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

This talk will discuss the relationship between trauma, attachment and sensory processing disorder.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Executive Functioning and Praxis
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This talk will examine the relationship, overlap and difference between praxis and executive function skills and planning.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
The Role of Reflexes in Sensory Integration
with Mary Kawar, MS, OT/L

This talk will discuss the important role of reflex development and integration in sensory integration and will present information on pros and cons of current reflex programs.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Early Identification of Autism
with Margaret Baumen, MD

This talk will discuss the recent research on the early identification of autism.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Understanding Sound Therapy Programs
with Kathy Carley, MS, OTR/L and Diane Levinson, OTR/L

This LiveTalk will discuss current sound therapy programs and will provide information comparing and contrasting the various programs.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Evidence-Based Practice of Sensory Integration
with Shelly Lane, Ph.D., OTR/L

This LiveTalk will provide therapists with a review and analysis of recent research on the evidence regarding sensory integration theory and intervention.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
Working with Adults with SPD
with Moya Kinnealey, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

This LiveTalk will discuss research and strategies related to the assessment and treatment of adults with sensory processing disorder.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $25.00
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Evening with an Expert Bundle
Save 25% when you purchase all seven 2012 LiveTalks
Add to Cart Cost: $131.00
Webinars are presentations of varying lengths on a variety of introductory to intermediate topics. Information is more in-depth and presented in a more structured manner than in a LiveTalk. Webinars are videos with visuals and audio and include a copy of the PowerPoint notes.

About the download:
This download is a .zip file. Included in the .zip are the .mp4 webinar, a PDF with the course description, a PDF with instructions on how to access the CEU exam, and a PDF of the PowerPoint notes. Any additional notes or resources will also be included as PDF files. Please note that while the actual .mp4 webinar is compatible with most devices, additional apps or software may be needed to download and unzip the compressed file on mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads.
2016 Webinar Series
Introduction to Fidelity in Sensory Integration Intervention
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will introduce the participant to core concepts of intervention fidelity. Components of sensory integration intervention will be discussed along with ways that practitioners can self-evaluate their own intervention to determine whether their treatment adheres to the core concepts of sensory integration intervention.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Mastering the Cerebellum
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The cerebellum is an amazingly plastic and versatile part of our nervous system, responsible for multiple aspects of motor control, praxis, sequencing and many other functions. This webinar will introduce the participant to the anatomy and functions of the cerebellum. Core intervention strategies for treating sensory integration problems associated with poor cerebellar functioning will also be presented.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Identifying and Treating Gravitational Insecurity in Children and Adults with SPD
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Gravitational insecurity is a sensory integration problem which results in fear responses to movement experiences.  This webinar discuss how to identify and assess gravitational insecurity in children and adults and differentiate it from other postural and vestibular dysfunctions.  The relationship between gravitational insecurity and mental health concerns such as anxiety will also be addressed.  Treatment strategies for addressing this problem will be presented.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Sound: A Nutrient for Treatment
with Jen Dulz, MS, OTR/L

Sound has been used across cultures for healing for thousands of years. This webinar discusses the history of auditory intervention and its application to occupational therapy practice. It will describe the impact of sound on the nervous system and the body to support the development of foundational and higher-level skills including regulation, auditory processing, coordination, and social skills. A review of current auditory intervention programs available to occupational therapists will be provided as well as information on the evidence on the use of sound intervention programs.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Swim, Safety, and Sensory Processing Difficulties: How to Improve Successful Swimming Experiences for your Child
with Cindy Freedman, MOTR, CTRS

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sensory processing and praxis difficulties contribute to decreased water safety in children with sensory processing problems. This webinar will address the relationship between swimming, water safety and sensory processing difficulties and share intervention strategies for the Swim Whisperers and Adapted Swim Angels programs. Information will be provided to help parents and therapists increase pool safety, improve success with swim strokes, and overcome the 14 most commonly seen roadblocks to swimming.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Sensory Integration and Inclusion: Providing Sensory-Friendly School-Based Supports for Students with Sensory Processing Disorder
with Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L

Sensory integration and processing problems impact all aspects of a child’s life including the ability to engage and participate in school-related activities. Although sensory integration is identified as one of the most frequently used practice frameworks by school-based occupational therapists, they are often challenged to provide sensory integration-based intervention in inclusive school settings. This webinar will discuss the role of the occupational therapist in the school-based setting, address models of service provision for sensory integration-based services, and will provide strategies for addressing the sensory processing and praxis needs of children with sensory processing disorder within an inclusion model.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Providing Sensory Integration-Based Services within a Response to Intervention (RTI) Model
with Sharon Ray, ScD, OTR/L

The passage of IDEA 2004 encourages school systems to begin to determine a student’s need for special education services by evaluating the child’s response to "scientific, research-based interventions." The tiered Response to Intervention (RTI) model is commonly used by many schools, districts and states. This model provides for increasing levels of service delivery but is often not well understood by school system related services providers who struggle to provide adequate and appropriate sensory integration-based services to their students. This webinar will discuss the RTI model and will describe how sensory integration-based services may be provided throughout the various tiers of this model.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Promoting Social Competence Using Sensory Integration Groups
with Wilma J. Dorman, OTR/L

This presentation will provide practitioners and teachers with practical information on the importance of developing and treating social competence in children with problems processing and integrating sensory information using a small group format within a sensory integration intervention framework. These groups have been applied successfully in both school-based and clinic-based practices with children having a range of diagnoses and skill levels.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
The FOCUS Program for Improving Feeding Skills and Mealtime Participation: Part One - Assessment Strategies
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The FOCUS Program is a systematic and comprehensive sensory-based approach to improving feeding skills and mealtime participation in children with problems processing and integrating sensations.  This program incorporates core concepts from sensory integration theory; neuromuscular approaches to treating oral motor skills; developmental models of feeding skills; and social-based programs for improving mealtime behaviors into a 5 stage model for assessment and intervention.  Evaluation is comprehensive and encompasses sensory processing, praxis, postural and functional feeding and mealtime behaviors. Intervention progresses the client through self-regulation, sensory processing, motor performance, to oral motor structure control and increased tolerance of food choices. This webinar, Part 1 of a 2-part series, will focus on assessment strategies for sensory, oral motor and feeding-related concerns which interfere with mealtime participation.  Part 2 of the series will address the unique FOCUS intervention approach.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
The FOCUS Program for Improving Feeding Skills and Mealtime Participation: Part Two - Intervention Approach
with Lori Goodrich, OTR/L

The FOCUS Program is a systematic and comprehensive sensory-based approach to improving feeding skills and mealtime participation in children with problems processing and integrating sensations.  This program incorporates core concepts from sensory integration theory; neuromuscular approaches to treating oral motor skills; developmental models of feeding skills; and social-based programs for improving mealtime behaviors into a 5 stage model for assessment and intervention.  Evaluation is comprehensive and encompasses sensory processing, praxis, postural and functional feeding and mealtime behaviors. Intervention progresses the client through self-regulation, sensory processing, motor performance, to oral motor structure control and increased tolerance of food choices. This webinar, Part 2 of a 2-part series, will address the unique FOCUS intervention approach.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Staying in Step with Sensory Integration Intervention: An Update on Ayres Sensory Integration® as an Evidence-Based Practice
with Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will introduce participants to recent literature on evidence-based practice. The current status of research on Ayres Sensory Integration® Intervention as an evidence-based intervention will be discussed. Necessary steps to support ASI intervention as an evidence-based practice will be presented. This webinar will also provide foundational information to prepare participants for the 2017 LiveTalk series “Sensory Integration and Evidence-Based Practice”.
 
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2015 Webinar Series
Supporting the Selective Eater: How to Make Lasting Changes for More Positive Food Experiences
with Jessica Lewis, MS, OTR/L

This webinar builds on the foundations laid in ‘Why the Picky Eater's Picky: Assessing Sensory and Motor Barriers to Eating.’ This presentation provides viewers with treatment strategies that address oral motor and feeding problems, guiding them in how to develop appropriate treatment plans, provide treatment strategies for use in the home and community, and when to recommend alternative or additional support services.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Building a Sensory Toolbox: Sensory Diets, What They Are, and How to Use Them
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will discuss how to build a good sensory diet, covering the core concepts related to structured 'diets' and 'sensory points,' strategies for selecting appropriate activities, and how to implement them effectively. This webinar will also address the function of sensory diets as they differ from formal therapeutic activities.

Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Sensory Integration and Mental Health: Self-Regulation in Children
with Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC

This webinar will explore self-regulation in children by means of relating sensory information and mental health issues. Children who struggle with integrating sensory information often show atypical physical, mental and social functions. This presentation will explore theoretical understanding of sensory and mental health issues, explain the evolutionary and neurological aspects of brain development in children, and discuss why such knowledge is crucial for understanding children with atypical behavior. This presentation will also demonstrate that using sensory interventions is a very effective tool to alleviate associated mental health issues.
 
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Introduction to Ideational Praxis
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar is designed to serve as a brief introduction to the concept of ideational praxis. Participants will also learn how ideation relates to executive functioning, language, and representational thought and basic intervention strategies for ideational praxis problems.
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Moving and Seeing: Understanding and Promoting Visual-Vestibular Integration in Praxis
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Visual-vestibular functioning is closely intertwined with our praxis skills. This webinar will discuss how these skills are related and the role the visual and vestibular systems play in developing praxis skills. Participants will also learn intervention strategies for addressing these visual-vestibular deficits using a praxis framework.
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Facilitating Postural Control in Sensory Integration Intervention
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will introduce the core components of postural control that should be addressed in sensory integration intervention. Participants will examine how aspects of sensory processing relate to postural mechanisms and learn intervention strategies for postural control which may be implemented in the context of a sensory integration intervention program.
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Treatment Strategies for Self- Regulation in Children
with Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC

This presentation will focus on goal oriented treatment of children who struggle with sensory integration and mental health issues. We will discuss treatment strategies to help children regulate themselves by using sensory interventions. Addressing self-regulation in children requires therapists to have a self-regulatory framework that guides treatment. This framework includes the intentional awareness of the therapist's experience in the treatment room. This webinar will provide strategies and tools for working effectively from a sensory integration and mental health perspective.
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2014 Webinar Series
Promoting Play Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP

This webinar will briefly summarize research findings on the developmental pathway of play in children with autism. It will then provide strategies for parent s and professionals to encourage autistic children to engage in interactive play.
 
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Supporting Executive Function Skills
with Kelly Robinson, Ph.D.

This webinar covers the implications and development of executive functioning skills, as well as specific strategies for improving them, including discussion of the essential elements of an executive function-supportive learning environment.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $65.00
Why the Picky Eater's Picky: Assessing Sensory and Motor Barriers to Eating
with Jessica Lewis, MS, OTR/L

Individuals with a limited food repertoire, or picky eaters, can be picky for many reasons, including decreased oral motor strength, poor oral motor skills, and/or oral sensory sensitivities. This course will guide healthcare professionals in how to evaluate the skills required to eat a balanced diet. Using a gentle approach, participants will examine the foundational skills involved in eating a wide variety of foods, as well as general implications for treatment.
 
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The Sensory Friendly Classroom: Facilitating Children's Performance
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Schools are a whirlwind of sensory information, often making them one of the most challenging settings for children with sensory processing difficulties to succeed in. But that doesn't need to be the case. This webinar will discuss ways to develop a “sensory-friendly” classroom and integrate sensory principles into the classroom. Participants will learn the principles of being “sensory-friendly” an d how to set up the optimal sensory environment for learning, as well specific curriculum activities for promoting arousal, modulation, sensory processing and sensori-motor development and organization.
 
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A Little M.O.R.E.
with Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

In this introduction to the full two to three day course, M.O.R.E.: Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Function, expert Patricia Oetter will address the basics of the suck/swallow/breathe model. Participants will learn the importance of these functions and vital roles they play working together, followed by specific interventions to help facilitate successful functioning.
 
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Praxis Makes Perfect: Understanding Praxis Disorders and Intervention
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar is designed to provide a solid introduction to praxis, praxis disorders, and praxis intervention. It covers a broad overview of praxis and its components, before moving into a summary of subtypes of praxis disorders and recommended interventions for each.
 
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2012 - 2013 Webinar Series
How to Talk to Physicians about SPD
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar discusses specific resources on Sensory Processing Disorder that may be used to discuss SPD with physicians who may have limited or no knowledge about sensory problems in children.
 
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Sensory Integration Essentials
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L FAOTA

This webinar addresses the core concepts of sensory integration theory and intervention to serve as a foundation of sensory integration knowledge for those with minimal sensory integration background who desire to attend more advanced courses.
 
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Foundations of Handwriting
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Interested in the foundational hand skills needed for handwriting? With today's curriculum demands, it is easy to miss foundational skills and skip right to handwriting before the child’s hands are ready. It's important to understand that handwriting is a complex task that requires many underlying foundations to be in place for success. The hidden elements necessary for handwriting success are within the sensory system, motor skills, visual perception, and the hand.
 
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The Art of Sensory Integration Therapy
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will address the key components of sensory integration intervention and will discuss how therapists can engage in the art of sensory integration therapy.
 
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Clinical Observations: Assessment and Interpretation
with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This webinar will demonstrate how to administer a series of structured clinical observations using a sensory integration frame of reference for assessments.
 
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ParentSpeak Webinar Series
Facilitating Executive Functioning Skills in Children with Autism
with Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP

‘Facilitating Executive Functioning Skills in Children with Autism,’ will address areas of executive functioning frequently affected in children with autism. Participants will learn about potential problems in this area, as well as strategies that can be used at home and at school to promote functioning and success.
 
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Facilitating Sensory Integration and Language in Autism
with Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP

'Facilitating Sensory Integration and Language in Autism,' will address the relationship between sensory processing and language development. As many parents and therapists know, when you move you can speak; the provision of sensory inputs can promote language production. This presentation will provide fun, movement-based interventions, designed for use by parents, teachers, and therapists in the home and at school, to help promote language functioning.
 
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Facilitating Social Skills in Autism
with Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP

'Facilitating Social Skills in Autism, will address the development of social skills and thinking in children with autism. Specific intervention strategies for promoting these skills, designed for parents, teachers, and therapists to use at home and in the school, will also be provided.
 
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Improving Social Interaction and Play Skills in Children with Autism
with Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP

'Improving Social Interaction and Play Skills in Children with Autism,' will address important elements needed for the development of play skills. Strategies to promote social interaction in children with autism will provided and the relationship of social interaction to play skills will be discussed. Specific intervention strategies, designed for parents, teachers, and therapists to use at home and in the school, to to facilitate development of these skills will also be provided.
 
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Add to Cart Cost: $234.00
Self-Study Articles
Self-Study Articles are short scholarly articles on a variety of introductory to intermediate topics. They do not include video, audio, or additional notes.

About the download:
This download is a .zip file. Included in the .zip are the PDF of the Self-Study Article, a PDF with the course description, and a PDF with instructions on how to access the CEU exam. Please note that while the actual PDF article is compatible with most devices, additional apps or software may be needed to download and unzip the compressed file on mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads.
Rationale for Integrating Attachment, Trauma, and Sensory Integration Theory
Authors Cristin M. Holland, MOT, OTR/L and Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The purpose of this paper is to provide a rationale for the integration of attachment, complex trauma, and sensory integration theories. It will demonstrate how attachment relationships form a foundation for how an individual understands and interacts with the world and that exposure to trauma as a child can disrupt the attachment process, resulting in deficits in this foundation. Additionally, sensory integration (SI) theory postulates that sensory in put to the nervous system will initiate lasting functional changes to th e brain and its output. As both attachment and trauma have direct effects on brain functions, sensory integration-based intervention poses a viable intervention technique for use with populations that have experienced trauma and those who may have difficulties with attachment.
 
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How Visual, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Integration Influence our Behavior and Learning.
Authors Andrea DeSantis, PT, MS-OT, PhD and Amanda Marek Pierce, MS, OTR/L

This paper describes the influence of visual, vestibular and proprioceptive integration on adaptive behavior and learning. A case study format is utilized to describe the identification, assessment procedures and intervention program for a child with difficulties processing visual-vestibular information. A checklist for parents and teachers to assist with the identification of visual-vestibular problems is also included. This paper presents an excellent introduction to visual-vestibular processing . This paper is a reprint of an article previously published in the OTA Newsline, Fall 2004. 
Add to Cart Cost: $15.00
Self-Study Videos
Self-Study Videos are videos of varying length on a variety of topics. Please see individual videos for additional details about what each entails.
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Sensory Integration Intervention
with Jane Koomar, Ph.D., OTR/L

In this special video occupational therapist and Spiral Foundation co-founder Dr. Jane Koomar discusses her thoughts on the art of sensory integration intervention, discussing topics such as developing therapeutic intentions, joining with children, creating safe spaces for bonding, using language to facilitate children’s performance, holding hope and promoting joy, and creating new stories for children’s lives. Originally presented in May of 2008 to the staff of OTA Watertown, now OTA The Koomar Center, this lecture was one of a series on core components of occupational therapy and remains a mandatory part of the training for new therapists and fieldwork students at OTA.
 
Add to Cart Cost: $40.00


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About this video: SAFE PLACE is a physical DVD. It will be mailed to the address provided at check out. Included in your purchase is the DVD, a print out of the course description, and a print out of the instructions on how to access the CEU exam.
SAFE PLACE
SAFE PLACE stands for "Sensory Attunement Focused Environment + Playfulness Love Acceptance Curiosity Empathy." In this DVD workshop, Dan Hughes, Ph.D. and Jane Koomar, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA blend attachment and sensory regulation to assist children in sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive development. The SAFE PLACE model is applicable to children who are adopted, those with trauma backgrounds including hospitalizations, and children who have difficulty bonding due to Sensory Processing Disorder.

Professionals can now earn contact hours by purchasing and completing the SAFE PLACE assessment exam. Instructions for accessing this exam will be mailed to you along with your DVD. The SAFE PLACE DVD may be purchased on its own, without the CEU exam, in the Tools and Toys section of the webstore.
 

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