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

Description: This course will provide participants with the essential information needed for treatment of foundational mechanisms and praxis difficulties in children.  Intervention for sensory processing problems of modulation and discrimination are addressed in Part One. This course is designed to teach therapists and other professionals specific intervention strategies to address problems in foundational mechanisms of postural- ocular skills as well as praxis concerns.  A combination of lecture, extensive video analysis and case study presentations will be used to develop clinical reasoning skills for intervention that can be used in the clinic, classroom, and the home. Development of sensory diet programs and discussion of issues affecting service delivery will also be addressed.

This course, in conjunction with Part 1 of Essentials of Sensory Integration Intervention, will provide participants with a solid foundation for understanding and beginning to implement sensory integration intervention strategies with children. Parts 1 and 2 of the Essentials of Sensory Integration Intervention on-line courses are the equivalent of the 2-day live course.

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

  1. Identify intervention strategies to address postural-ocular difficulties as well as general strategies for addressing praxis concerns.
  2. Apply sensory integration treatment techniques in a variety of situations to address sensory processing, functional support and praxis problems
  3. Use home and classroom sensory diet modifications to assist with specific problems

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants,

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 7.0 contact hours or 0.7 AOTA CEUs.

Course Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours for this course participants must view the recorded course in its entirety, complete all home activities, 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.