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Featuring: Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded February 1, 2016

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Advances in Autism bundle.

Description: 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®.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify key outcomes of Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention® when applied to children with ASD.
  2. Describe the key components of the Data-Driven Decision Making Model.
  3. Describe how evidence-based practice methods may be applied to the practice of occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Domain: Contexts
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Roseann C. Schaaf is Professor and Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, School of Health Professions, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and is faculty in the Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson. Dr. Schaaf is also director of the Advanced Practice Certificates in Neuroscience, Autism, Teaching.

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Continuing Education:


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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