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Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Description: This course will introduce practitioners to the fundamentals of sensory integration theory.  The underlying principles of sensory integration will be discussed.  The neuroanatomy essential for understanding sensory integration and its application to intervention as related to sensory modulation and somatosensory processing will be presented in an easy to understand format which will be linked to function throughout the course.  The basic neurology and function of the sensory modulation; arousal regulation; and sensory discrimination of tactile and proprioceptive sensory inputs will be addressed.
This course, in conjunction with Part 2 of the Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory will form a solid foundation for understanding the neurological basis of sensory integration theory and intervention.  These two on-line courses are ideal for the practitioner who wants a solid overview of sensory integration theory and neurology that is meaningfully applied to intervention. Parts 1 and 2 of the Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory online courses are the equivalent of the 2-day live Essentials of Sensory Integration course.
Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate the key components and postulates of sensory integration theory
  2. Describe the key neurology and neuroanatomy essential to understanding sensory registration and arousal
  3. Describe the key neurology and neuroanatomy essential to understanding sensory modulation, sensory discrimination of the tactile and proprioceptive sensory systems

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 8.5 contact hours or 0.85 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.