Applying the Choosing Wisely(R) Recommendations with the Autism Spectrum Population using the Sensory Integration Frame of Reference: Assessment



A Conversation with Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded on Jan 14, 2021

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This conversation is part of the 2021 LiveTalk series: Choosing Wisely(R): Applying the AOTA Recommendations using Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. You may register for the full series and receive a 40% discount over registering for each individual course.

Description: In conjunction with AOTA joining the Choosing Wisely Campaign, SPIRAL will be offering a series of LiveTalks in 2021 to assist occupational therapy practitioners and other professionals to apply the recommendations made by AOTA while using the Sensory Integration Frame of Reference within diverse populations.The primary focus of the talks will target the recommendation: “Don’t provide sensory based interventions to individual children or youth without documented assessment results of difficulties processing or integrating sensory information”. Each guest will join us for two conversations on each population area, the first will focus on assessment and the second will focus on intervention. We will begin the series with the Autism Spectrum Disorder population, then move through Praxis, Trauma, Schools and finish with Adults. Our speakers include Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Maude LeRoux, OTR/L, and Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L.

In our first two talks, Renee Watling will introduce us to the Choosing Wisely campaign and how we can apply AOTA’s recommendations when we are using the Sensory Integration Frame of Reference with our clients. Renee will focus on choosing assessments and interventions for the autism spectrum population.

Learning objectives:  By the end of this LiveTalk participants will be able to:

  1. List evidence-based assessments and interventions for those with autism spectrum disorder
  2. Select purposeful activities during intervention for those with autism spectrum disorder
  3. Recognize when it is appropriate to use cognitive-based interventions with those with autism spectrum disorder.

Speaker: Dr. Watling has been a pediatric occupational therapist in Washington State since 1992 working in clinic, school, and private practice settings. She has published extensively on the topics of sensory processing, sensory-based occupational therapy intervention, and issues related to services for children with autism, and is a sought-after speaker for state, national and international conferences. She served as the consultant for AOTA’s Choosing Wisely campaign related to the use of sensory interventions, is lead author of the AOTA Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration and lead editor for Autism Across the Lifespan: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach. Dr. Watling received her BS and MS in occupational therapy from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and her PhD from the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on examining practice patterns of pediatric occupational therapists and exploring the relationship between sensory processing and behavior, especially among children with autism spectrum disorders. She has served on various committees for the American Occupational Therapy Association, including holding the positions of Chairperson and Education/Research liaison for the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been on select advisory panels for the organization. She is past Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Washington – Seattle and is now Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound where she teaches in both the entry-level and post-professional doctoral programs.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Educators, Parents

Contact Hours: Individual conversations are each worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying quiz.

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.


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