Featuring: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded July 24, 2017

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

Description: Play is an essential occupation of childhood. Unfortunately a child’s ability to play is often disrupted when the child has sensory integration and processing problems. In addition, therapists often use play as a modality to promote functioning on other areas but rarely address play as an occupation in treatment. This live talk will present the evidence for the relationship between play and sensory integration functioning, discuss the evidence on play skills of children with SPD and autism and address the evidence for improving and addressing play within a sensory integration framework.

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

  1. Describe the literature which examines the relationship of sensory integration and processing functions and play.
  2. Describe findings from the literature which examines play skills in children with SPD and ASD.
  3. Describe the evidence for improving and addressing play within a sensory integration framework.

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: Performance Skills
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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