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Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This six hour course will present a framework for the assessment and intervention of adults with sensory integration and sensory processing disorders. Research related to adults with sensory integration deficits will be presented. The impact of sensory processing problems on functional performance will be highlighted. Practical assessment and intervention strategies will be highlighted through videotapes, case studies, and lecture formats.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Research related to sensory processing in adults
  2. Frames of reference for sensory integration assessment and intervention of adults
  3. Applying assessment of adults with sensory integration and processing problems
  4. Intervention for adults with sensory integration and processing problems.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a frame of reference for assessment and intervention for adults with sensory integration and sensory processing problems. 
  2. Identify various models for provision of services for adult and describe the clinical reasoning for the use of each model.
  3. Identify the ways various sensory integration and processing problems impact on functional performance in adults.
  4. Identify appropriate intervention strategies and treatment plan for adults with sensory processing problems.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills, Context and Environment
Process: Evaluation, Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 6.0 contact hours or 0.6 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours for this course participants must view the recorded course in its entirety, complete all home activities, and complete the accompanying online exam.

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 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.


The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.