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Access to this course is restricted to 60 days from date of purchase. All parts of the course, including the exam, must be completed in that time in order to receive CEU credit. 

Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Description: Facilitating praxis, imitation, and play skills in autistic children can be difficult for therapists; this course will present an overview of the key aspects need for effective intervention in these areas. Participants will examine the clinical reasoning framework behind sensory integration treatment models for ideation, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination, and project action sequence problems. Key intervention strategies using both top-down and bottom-up approaches will be highlighted through video clips, case studies, and lecture formats. Previous attendees of Dr. May-Benson’s two-day praxis course will find some review in this material.

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

  1. Name the essential components of praxis.
  2. Identify key intervention strategies for praxis dysfunction in children with autism.
  3. Identify essential top-down and bottom up treatment principles that are appropriate for different praxis problems.
  4. Recognize how various praxis problems impact functional performance and identify strategies for improving performance.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

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

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours for this course participants must view the recorded course in its entirety, and complete the accompanying online exam.

About the Speaker: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA 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.

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.


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

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