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

Live Online 6 Hour Course: March 19th, 2023. 9 – 4 pm EST
$176 Members / $220 Non-Members

Description: This course will introduce participants to the administration and interpretation of Ayres Clinical Observations and related observational assessment of sensory processing, postural reflexes, posture and praxis skills. Participants will learn how to administer the clinical observations through active demonstration and participation. Strategies for interpretation of results will be presented which will allow participants to integrate assessment information from diverse sources including sensory histories, standardized assessments and formal/informal clinical observations. Lecture, hands on practice and case studies will be presented to support learning along with adequate opportunities for questions and discussion. 

Course Schedule:

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Introduction to Ayres Clinical Observations, Impact of Trauma on Assessment of Sensory Integration 
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break 
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Clinical Observations for Sensory Processing and Reflexes Practice Session 
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch 
  • 12:30 – 2:00 Clinical Observations for Postural, Ocular and Praxis Skills Practice Session 
  • 2:00 – 2:15 Break 
  • 2:15 – 4:00 Interpretation of Clinical Observation, Integrating Assessment Data from Diverse Sources 

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

  1. Demonstrate how to administer key Ayres Clinical Observations 
  2. Describe how to interpret Ayres Clinical Observations as part of an occupational therapy assessment 
  3. State how to integrate assessment information from diverse sources 

Audience: OT, OTA,

Course Level: Intermediate

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge.

Contact Hours: This course is 6.0 contact hours or 0.6 AOTA CEUs.

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

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