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Presented by: Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC
originally recorded April 13, 2015

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

Description: This webinar will explore self-regulation in children by means of relating sensory information and mental health issues. Children who struggle with integrating sensory information often show atypical physical, mental and social functions. This presentation will explore theoretical understanding of sensory and mental health issues, explain the evolutionary and neurological aspects of brain development in children, and discuss why such knowledge is crucial for understanding children with atypical behavior. This presentation will also demonstrate that using sensory interventions is a very effective tool to alleviate associated mental health issues.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify the origins of sensory integration and how it might be revealed as mental health behavioral issues in children.
  2. Recognize how to use evolutionary and neurological aspects of brain development to guide treatment.
  3. List ways sensory processing can be used to help a child self-regulate more effectively.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants and students, speech and language therapists, teachers, teacher’s aides, and other educators, mental health professionals.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Outcomes

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or .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 Speaker: Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in families and individuals who have experienced trauma.  She is trained in solution-focused, sensorimotor approaches, and attachment issues. Silke has been practicing for five years, and currently operates a private practice, Clematis Counseling and Consultation.

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