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Featuring: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT
originally recorded October 9, 2018

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration bundle.

Description: Increasing numbers of children are being identified with oral motor and related mealtime behavior problems. Information on identifying and treating these problems often addresses limited aspects of functioning while foundational aspects may not be addressed at all. This LiveTalk will discuss the clinical reasoning process behind the assessment and intervention of oral motor and mealtime behaviors in children with sensory processing problems using the comprehensive FOCUS Program approach. This phase-based intervention program and clinical reasoning process will provide a framework for addressing feeding and mealtime challenges. This LiveTalk will discuss aspects of feeding and mealtime behaviors which may be impacted by sensory processing problems.  Case studies will be used to illustrate key points and activities in this process.

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

  1. Identify at least three ways that foundational sensory and motor problems may contribute to oral motor and feeding problems in children with sensory processing and motor problems.
  2. Describe a comprehensive clinical reasoning model for approaching assessment and intervention for feeding and mealtime challenges.
  3. Describe at least 4 intervention strategies for improving oral motor and mealtime challenges within the context of sensory integration intervention.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Evaluation

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 Speakers: Teresa May-Benson is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center and Laboratory. She 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 Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT, is the Assistant Clinical Director at OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, Massachusetts.  She has extensive and specialized training related to sensory integration and oral motor theory, evaluation and treatment.  For the past 12 years she has worked with clients from toddlers to young adults to both evaluate and treat the underlying sensory and motor foundations that result in restrictive eating.  Ms. Goodrich focuses on educating clients and their families to support their understanding of the cause of eating based challenges, as well as providing home base tools and strategies to support mealtime performance across environments.  Ms. Goodrich is dedicated to ongoing collaboration with other professionals, including psychologists and nutritionists, in order to provide integrative care as well as to provide education regarding the impact that sensory and motor challenges have on a client’s food selectiveness.

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

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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