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Presented by: Annie Poole, OT/S
originally recorded August 15, 2019

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

Description: When caregivers seek out occupational therapy services for their child, they often want to know a prognosis for their child’s challenges. They also often want to understand how their child will behave and present as an adolescent and adult. As practitioners, it is important to educate caregivers on expected outcomes of therapy, and due to a gap in the literature, there is no evidence-based conclusion regarding long-term outcomes for individuals with sensory processing challenges. This webinar will review the current literature on sensory processing in adults and follow-up studies with children along with a discussion of the strengths and limitations of the research. Preliminary findings and clinical implications of a current qualitative study examining long term outcomes in adults who received occupational treatment and/or evaluation as children will also be presented.

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

  1. Describe two strengths and two limitations of research on long-term outcomes of sensory processing challenges in children.
  2. List three areas of function in adults that are impacted by sensory processing and integration challenges.
  3. Identify two long term outcomes of sensory processing and integration challenges identified by adults who had sensory processing challenges as children.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Outcomes

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hour, equal to .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: Annie is completing her third and final year of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Boston University. She is completing her capstone project at OTA The Koomar Center and the Spiral Foundation, learning clinical skills as well as conducting research. Her research at the Spiral Foundation is focused on understanding the long-term outcomes for children with sensory processing challenges through speaking with adults who received occupational therapy evaluation and/or treatment for sensory processing challenges as children. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has experience working with children in a variety of settings.

 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.