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

Description: This course is the second in a two part series on the theory of sensory integration.  It will introduce practitioners to the fundamentals of sensory integration theory as it relates to visual, auditory, vestibular sensory processing; praxis and cerebellar functioning.  The neuroanatomy essential for understanding visual, auditory, vestibular sensory processing; praxis and cerebellar functioning and its application to intervention will be presented in an easy to understand format which will be linked to function throughout the course.  The basic neurology and function of visual, auditory, vestibular sensory processing; praxis and cerebellar processes will be addressed.

This course, in conjunction with Part 1 of the Essentials of Sensory Integration 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 on-line 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 of sensory integration theory related to sensory discrimination of visual, auditory and vestibular sensory processing; praxis; and cerebellar functioning.
  2. Describe the key neurology and neuroanatomy essential to understanding sensory discrimination of visual, auditory, vestibular processing; praxis; and cerebellar functioning.
  3. Apply understanding of sensory integration theory of these areas to intervention.

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 6.5 contact hours or 0.65 AOTA CEUs.

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.