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 Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Live Online 6 Hour Course: October 1, 2022. 9:30am – 4:30pm EST
$174 Members / $220 Non-Members

Description: Praxis skills in children develop over the first eight years of life. Most importantly, the foundations and infrastructure of praxis abilities develop in the first two years. Sensory processing, postural mechanisms, reflex development, exploratory play and more goes into developing an infant’s ideational and motor planning abilities. This course will explore the foundations of development of praxis in infants, discuss key observations of possible challenges to praxis development and provide key intervention strategies for use with infants during the first two years of life. The course will utilize lectures, case studies, and video review. Ample time will be provided for participant questions.

  • Morning Session 1: Developmental sensory-motor foundations of praxis
  • Morning Session 2: Early exploration, play and praxis
  • Afternoon Session 1: Identification of early praxis challenges
  • Afternoon Session 2: Intervention strategies to promote praxis development in young children

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the sensory and motor foundations of praxis in children two years of age and younger
  2. Identify early indicators of possible praxis challenges in infants
  3. Apply intervention strategies to promote development of praxis skills in infants.

Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, early educators

Course Level: Intermediate

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes. Foundational Knowledge: Human Body, Development, and Behavior

Contact Hours: This course is 6.0 contact hours or 0.6 AOTA CEUs. Illinois Early Intervention credit applied for.

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours or AOTA CEUs for this course participants must attend the live online session in its entirety (accessible via a Zoom link), and successfully complete the accompanying course quiz.

About the Speaker: Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an expert occupational therapist renowned for her clinical research, mentoring and education related to related to sensory integration theory and intervention, praxis, and social competency. She is currently the owner/CEO of TMB Education, LLC and serves as President and practicing occupational therapist at OTR, Inc, a private occupational therapy practice specializing in sensory integration and social competency for children and adults across the lifespan, located near Philadelphia, PA. Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner, having worked in private and public-school settings as well as private practice. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Teresa is an education and research faculty member at the SPIRAL Foundation. In her role of educator, she currently serves as adjunct faculty at Widener University and is past faculty at Tufts University and the University of Indianapolis. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

Disclosure: Dr. May-Benson will be compensated for this presentation

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact courses@thespiralfoundation.org

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The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.

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