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A Conversation with Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded March 4, 2021

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts.

This conversation is part of the 2021 LiveTalk series: Choosing Wisely(R): Applying the AOTA Recommendations using Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. You may register for the full series and receive a 40% discount over registering for each individual course.

Description: In conjunction with AOTA joining the Choosing Wisely Campaign, SPIRAL will be offering a series of LiveTalks in 2021 to assist occupational therapy practitioners and other professionals to apply the recommendations made by AOTA while using the Sensory Integration Frame of Reference within diverse populations.The primary focus of the talks will target the recommendation: “Don’t provide sensory based interventions to individual children or youth without documented assessment results of difficulties processing or integrating sensory information”. Each guest will join us for two conversations on each population area, the first will focus on assessment and the second will focus on intervention. We will begin the series with the Autism Spectrum Disorder population, then move through Praxis, Trauma, Schools and finish with Adults. Our speakers include Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Maude LeRoux, OTR/L, and Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L.

In Part Two of 2021 Live Talk Series, Teresa May-Benson, international lecturer and co-author of the chapter on Praxis and Dyspraxia in the third edition of Sensory Integration Theory and Practice, will join us to provide current assessment and intervention approaches for individuals with praxis challenges.

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

  1. List evidence-based assessments and interventions for those with a praxis disorder
  2. Select purposeful activities during intervention for those with a praxis disorder
  3. Recognize when it is appropriate to use cognitive-based interventions with those with a praxis disorder.

Speaker: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention, has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Educators, Parents

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes

Contact Hours: Individual conversations are each worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs. The full series is approved for 10 contact hours or 1.0 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.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

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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