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Featuring: Teresa A May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded June 11, 2020

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description:Many children with challenges processing and integrating sensory information also have difficulties with self-regulation. There are numerous approaches to addressing self-regulation challenges from sensory integration to cognitive behavioral therapies. For most occupational therapists a combined approach is most effective. The use of sensory strategies with social communication approaches, development of client-therapist rapport and interpersonal transactional approaches may best facilitate development of client’s self-regulation abilities. These strategies may be used with clients with a variety of diagnoses and levels of functioning and may be implemented in diverse intervention settings from telehealth to clinical and school settings. This webinar will present sensory, social communication and transactional support strategies that occupational therapy practitioners may use to support client intervention for self-regulation across practice settings.

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

  1. State 3 social communication approaches to use to support development of self-regulation.
  2. Describe 3 transactional support strategies to use to facilitate development of self-regulation.
  3. State 2 ways that self-regulation strategies may be applied in varied practice settings.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or 0.15 AOTA CEUs.

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

About the Speakers: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..


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