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Featuring: Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC
originally recorded October 26, 2015

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. The LiveTalk is part of the Sensory Integration and Mental Health Concerns bundle.

Description: Addressing sensory and trauma-related issues in children can be a challenge for both parents and therapists (occupational therapists and mental health professionals alike). Increasingly, trauma-informed intervention programs are involving parents in the intervention process. This LiveTalk will discuss the interface between problems in sensory integration processing and trauma-informed care for children and the role that caregivers can take in addressing these problems.

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

  1. Identify 3 sensory strategies for self-regulation that parents can use with their traumatized child.
  2. Describe how therapists can facilitate the parent role in trauma-informed care of their child.
  3. Define trauma-informed care and how it applies to implementation of sensory-based interventions with children

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, social workers, mental health professionals.

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: 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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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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