Featuring: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded April 25, 2017

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Sensory Integration and Evidence-Based Practice bundle.

Description: This lecture will discuss the evidence related to sensory integration deficits and sensory-based interventions in relation to mental health concerns.  There has been an increased awareness that many individuals with sensory integration problems have mental health concerns.  Similarly, many individuals with primary mental health concerns demonstrate sensory processing problems and benefit from the use of sensory integration intervention and sensory-based strategies. The talk will explore the evidence examining relations between sensory processing problems and mental health concerns and the use of sensory-based interventions with those with mental health concerns.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Describe the literature which examines the relationships between sensory processing problems and mental health concerns.
  2. Describe findings from the literature which examine the use of sensory-based interventions with individuals with mental health concerns.
  3.  Identify at least 3 settings and problems for which sensory-based interventions might be applicable in clinical practice.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Parents, Teachers.

AOTA
Domain: Contexts
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

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 admin@thespiralfoundation.org 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.

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